The Response of Latin American Constitutional Courts to COVID-19

Based on documentary analysis and through interviews with human rights activists and researchers from Latin American think tanks, this project seeks to investigate the response of Latin American constitutional courts in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. We start from a framework with three minimum parameters for the courts to act: (i) as institutional mediators, (ii) in the mitigation and effective remediation of social vulnerabilities, and (iii) in the epistemic reinforcement and deference to science in political decision-making. Comparing a sample of decisions from Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico, we dialogue with the growing literature on decision-making and symbolic effects in the field of social rights.