The Latin American Series at Yale Law School

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.

Upcoming Events

October 25

Strengths and Weaknesses of the Democratic State in Mexico

Pedro Salazar, Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México

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Past Events

Spring 2016

April 5

Corruption as a Business Model: Petrobras and Politics in Brazil

Deltan Dallagnol, Lead Prosecutor in Brazil's Lava Jato Operation:

February 9

At Long Last, the End of Pinochet's Constitution in Chile?

Jorge Contesse, Rutgers University
Sergio Verdugo, Universidad del Desarrollo

February 1

Impeachment, Nullification, and Democratic Deadlock in Brazil

Vera Karam de Chueiri, Federal University of Parana
Oscar Vilhena Vieira, Getulio Vargas Foundation in Sao Paulo


2014 - 2015

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.