Democratization of Law:
A Look at the Popular Legal Promoters Program

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Fernanda Castro Fernandes
Flávia Schilling


This article discusses how a legal training course, called "Popular Legal Promoters," is able to foster the democratization of law. This task will be undertaken using as a starting point the participating women’s opportunity to learn about their rights and the instruments for making them effective. This is the starting point, because there is an understanding that the problems that are common to women, and their feeling of belonging, are fundamental to their possibility of exercising their rights. The article analyzes a fieldwork experience during the 11th training course of Popular Legal Promoters in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, in 2005, providing a profile of the participating students, their expectations and experiences.

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