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.

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

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.