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Latin American Series at YLS

The Latin American Series at YLS is an initiative that brings to the law school distinguished speakers to discuss major legal, economic and social issues concerning Latin America today. The Series is sponsored by Yale Law School and the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies.

2014 – 2015 Events

September 15 - 5:10 p.m. in room 128

Miguel Pulido, Executive Director Fundar – Human Rights Work and Public Interest Litigation in Latin America.

October 8 - 4:10 p.m. in room 122

The 2014 Presidential Elections in Brazil a panel discussion with Sergio Guerra, Associate Dean at FGV-Rio, Daniel Oliveira, Master's candidate at Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and Juliana Palma, YLS LLM '15.

November 4 - 12:10 p.m. in room 129

Carlos Vecchio, leader of Voluntad Popular – Entrenchment and Human Rights in Venezuela Today.

December 9 - 1:00 p.m. in room 122

Mariana Velasco Rivera. YLS LLM '15 – The Disappearance of 43 Mexican Students and the Subsequent Protests (evento en español).

February 9 - 11:00 a.m. in room 112

Luis Moreno Ocampo, former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague – The Future Looks More Like Argentina than the Netherlands.

February 12 - 2:00 p.m. in room 112

Érica Gorga, Professor of Law, FGV-Sao Paulo – What’s at Stake in the U.S. Lawsuit against Petrobras

March 25 - 6:10 p.m. in room 129

Ambassador Samuel Guimarães, former High Representative of Mercosul – Brazil and the 21st Century World.

March 26 - 1:10 p.m. in room 110

Julieta Lemaitre, Professor of Law at the Universidad de Andes in Bogota – Los efectos de la violencia en Colombia sobre la abogacía de interés público y activismo de base (evento en español).

April 20- 6:10 p.m. in room 129

Denise Dresser, Professor of Political Science at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México – From Mexican Moment to Mexican Morass.

Past Events

Spring 2014

February 7 - 4:30 p.m. - room 128

Paola Bergallo, Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires
Countering the Informal Ban on Legal Abortion in Argentina: Analysis and Suggestions for Future Advocacy

February 12 - 12:10 - Faculty Lounge

Erica Gorga, Professor of Law, GV Direito, São Paulo, and Executive Director, Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law
The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Non-Financial Firms: The Case of Brazilian Corporations and Lessons for the Private and Public Enforcement Debate
(co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Corporate Law)

February 14 - 12:10 - room 129

Fernando Munoz, Professor of Constitutional Law and Legal History, Universidad Austral de Chile
The Struggles for Reproductive Rights in Chile
(co-sponsored by the Schell Center for International Human Rights, and lunch will be served)

February 18 - 1:00 p.m. - room 121

Eden Medina, Indiana University
Cybernetics in Allende’s Chile

April 7 - 6:10 p.m. - room 129

"The Day that Lasted 21 Years"
Screening of new documentary on US involvement in Brazil's 1964 military coup followed by discussion with the producer, Camilo Tavares.

Fall 2013

Thursday, November 7, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. in room 127

Diego García Carrión, Attorney General of Ecuador
The Rule of Law in Ecuador
Moderated by Professor Cristina Rodriguez

Wednesday, November 6, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. in Burke Auditorium at Kroon Hall

Anthony Bebbington, Higgins Profesor of Environment and Society at Clark University
Extractive Industries in Latin America: Economics, Environment, and Communities
Moderated by Aaron Goldzimer (YLS '15)

Wednesday, October 16, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. in room 128

Carlos Vecchio, 2013 Yale World Fellow and co-founder of Voluntad Popular
The Rule of Law in Venezuela Under Chavez

Wednesday, September 11, 5:10 - 6:30 p.m. in room 128

Paulo Roberto Almeida, Diplomat, Professor at the University Center of Brasilia (Uniceub)
Brazil: Politics and Economy in an Emerging Country

Anthony Bebbington discussing resistance to mining law reform. Photo by Danielle Lehle.

Professor Anthony Bebbington of Clark University clarifying while complicating our understanding of the ways communities and environment interact with extractive industries in Peru, Bolivia, and El Salvador. (November 6, 2013, photo by Danielle Lehle)

Spring 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 6:10 - 7:30 p.m. in room 129

Edmar Bacha, Former Head of the Brazilian Development Bank and since 2003 Director of Casa das Garças Institute for Economic Policy Studies in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: The New Brazil: Achievements and Challenges

Thursday, March 28, 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. in the faculty lounge

Alejandro Madrazo Lajous, Centro de Investigaciones y Docencia Económicas (CIDE): Prenatal Personhood: Its Strategic Importance in Abortion Law

Thursday, February 14, 6:10 - 8:00 p.m. in room 129

Presentations by visiting Latin American law students on Argentina's recent media law, the institutional reforms of the 1990s in Brazil, the judicial reforms in Chile since the return to democratic rule, problems with court interpretation of the right to health in Brazil, and problems in resolving the territorial dispute between Peru and Chile.

Wednesday, February 13, 6:10 - 7:00 p.m. in room 121

Jorge Contesse, Universidad Diego Portales:  Sexual Orientation in the Inter-American Human Rights System: The Atala Case

Thursday, February 7, 6:15 - 7:45 p.m. in room 129

The Mensalão Case in Brazil: A panel discussion featuring past and current clerks on the Brazilian Supreme Court (Thomaz Pereira, Bruno Bodart, and Felipe De Melo Fonte) and Paul Lagunes, a post-doctoral fellow at Yale's Political Science department whose research focuses on corruption.

Fall 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 12:20 – 1:50 p.m. in room 128

2012 World Fellow Patrick Struebi

Mr. Struebi, a native of Switzerland, founded Fairtrasa, an international farming organization that links small-scale farmers in Latin America to local and international markets. See www.fairtrasa.com for more details.

Tuesday, September 25, Room 128, 12:20 – 1:50 p.m. in room 128

2012 World Fellow Gabriella Gómez-Mont

Ms. Gómez-Mont founded Tóxico Cultura, an independent cultural project dedicated to furthering creative excellence across various mediums based in Mexico City. See www.toxicocultura.com for more).

Wednesday, October 10, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. in room 129

Understanding Mexico's Return to the PRI: Fraud, Governance and Social Protest (watch video here)

John Ackerman, Professor, Institute of Legal Research at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Co-sponsored by the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies and the Latino Law Students’ Association

Wednesday, October 17, 12:10 – 1:30 p.m. in room 127

Investigative Journalism at Work: Revealing the Corruption of Power Wielders

David Barstow of the New York Times

Co-sponsored by the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism and the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies

Wednesday, October 24, 12:10 – 1:30 p.m.

Maira Neiva Gomes, Coordinator of the Legal Department of the United Metal Workers Union of Contagem, Brazil

Monday, November 5, 12:10 - 1:00 p.m. in room 128

Argentina: In the Loop or Just Stuck in the Loop?

2012 World Fellow Martin Lousteau currently runs a macroeconomic and political consultancy firm advising large companies, governments, and politicians. He previously served as the Minister of Economy and Production of Argentina, and prior to that was President of the Banco de la Provincia de Buenos Aires.

Thursday, November 15, 12:10 - 1:00 p.m. in room 128

2012 World Fellow Paula Escobar-Chavarría (Chile)

Ms. Escobar-Chavarría is the Magazines Editor of El Mercurio, overseeing six weekly publications and writing regular columns in magazines and newspapers. She has written four books and is working on a fifth that will focus on the leadership of Chilean presidents during the country’s transition to democracy.

Thursday, December 6, 4:15 - 5:45 p.m. in faculty lounge

For Memory, Truth and Justice? Prosecuting Crimes Against Humanity in Argentina

Sam Ferguson, YLS ’09 will discuss his forthcoming book, Remnants of a Dirty War, that provides in-depth analysis of the ongoing human rights trials in Argentina. The book compiles thousands of hours of archival work and interviews over the past three or four years (starting with his stint in Argentina with the law school’s exchange program).

Spring 2012

February 6 – 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. – Room 128 – Implementing Human Rights Policies: The Challenges Facing the Mexican Government. Luis Zavala de Alba, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico

February 8 – 4:10 – 5:30 p.m. – Room 122 – Land Restitution in Colombia, an empirical analysis by Pablo Kalmanovitz, post-doctoral fellow in Political Science at Yale University

March 6 – 12:45 – 2:00 p.m. – Room A422 – Transitions without end? The Continuing Human Rights Trials of Crimes Committed During the Military Juntas in Argentina. Samuel Ferguson, YLS ’09.

March 27 – 4:30 – 5:45 – Room 120 – Public lecture on U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges in Latin America by former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Professor Arturo Valenzuela.

March 28 – 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Continuing the conversation with Professor Arturo Valenzuela.  

Fall 2011

November 9: 2011:

The Student Protests in Chile. Conversation with Lucas Sierra, Professor of Law at the University of Chile.

November 8, 2011:

Going Backwards? Forestry Regulation Reform in Brazil. Marcelo Furtado of Greenpeace Brazil, Sebastien Jodoin of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law and Gabriela Bueno de Almeida of Yale Law School discuss the current proposal to scale back ecological requirements in Brazil's forestry code.

October 26, 2011:

The War on Drugs in Mexico: What, Who and Why Are We Fighting? Alejandro Madrazo, Professor and Coordinator of the Right to Health Programme Center for Research and Teaching in Economics, Mexico.

October 3, 2011:

Change and Continuity in Cuba. Carlos Alzugaray Treto of the Center for Hemispheric and U.S. Studies at the University of Havana will discuss the reforms recently enacted in Cuba.

Past Events from the 2010 - 2011 academic year include:

The Architecture of Politics in Argentina. German Feierhard and Camila Blanco discuss the structure of the political system in Argentina and the predicament caused by rogue Vice-President Cobos

Drugs, Prisons, and Latin America. Ana Paula Hernandez examines the effect of drug policy on prison populations in Latin America and the trend towards decriminalization.

What will Dilma Do? The 2010 Brazilian Presidential Election in Perspective. Catarina Barbieri, Thomaz Pereira, Natasha Salinas, and Eduardo Jordão participate in a panel discussion on the historic nature of the election and the issues on President Rousseff's political agenda.

Brazil's Unbalanced Democracy: Presidential Hegemony, Legislative Frailty, and the Rise of Judicial Power. Professor Luis Roberto Barroso of the Universidade do Estado de Rio de Janeiro offers his assessment of the problem and solution for it. With the participation of Yale Law School Professor Bruce Ackerman. Moderated by Diego Arguelhes.

The Effect of the War in Colombia on Civilian Populations. Presentation of documentary film by Hollman Morris, followed by commentary from the independent television journalist and filmmaker.

The 'Leftnicity' of Chile's Concertacion Coalition and the Future of Neoliberalism. A discussion between the former US Ambassador to Chile and Professor Fernando Atria from the Universidad de Chile of political identity in Chile. This event comes on the heels of President Obama's visit to the country in March 2011.

Political Theology and the Jurisprudence of Self-Government. A presentation by Professor Fernando Atria from the Universidad de Chile on the elusiveness of political legitimacy with comments by Professor Paulina Ochoa Espejo of Yale University.

For comments, questions, or to become involved, email the adminiatrative coordinator at bradley.hayes@yale.edu.