SELA is an annual gathering in Latin America of top legal scholars from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Spain and the United States. Papers are written for the seminar in English and Spanish or Portuguese and are published in a Spanish-language book following the discussions.

Our next meeting takes place from June 11 - 14, 2015, in Rio de Janeiro and features sessions discussing the overarching theme of "Inequality".

Session 1: Equal Access to Social Resources and Markets

Amy Kapczynski – Intellectual Property and Inequality (English) (Spanish)

Iñigo de la Maza – In What Respect? Inequality in Contracts of Adhesion (Spanish) (English)

Vivian Neptune – Digital Divide and Access to Justice (Spanish) (English)

Commentator: Constanza Salgado

Session 2: Democracy Roundtable

Luís Roberto Barroso – The History of the Concept of Equality in Brazil

Commentators: Calixto Salomão Filho and Oscar Vilhena Vieira

Session 3: Inequality across Nations

Alberto do Amaral Jr. – International Distributive Justice (English)

Jorge Contesse – Subsidiarity and Inequality (English)

Paulina Ochoa – Borders Matter Morally: Territory, Citizenship and Legal Equality (English) (Spanish)

Commentator: Jaime Couso

Session 4: Inequality and Criminal Sanctions

Fiona Doherty – The Role, Use, and Effect of Probation in the US Criminal System (English) (Spanish)

Chloé Georas – Automated Profiling: Preemptive Racism in the Development of Predictive Technologies Against “Bad Communities" (Spanish)

Catalina Pérez Correa – Prisons from a Gender Perspective (Spanish) (English)

Commentator: Leonardo Filippini

Session 5: The Failures of Latin American Neoconstitutionalism?

Javier Couso – Back to the Future? The Return of Sovereignty and the 'Principle of Non-intervention in the Internal Affairs of the States' in Latin America's 'Radical Constitutionalism' (Spanish) (English)

Roberto Gargarella – Too Much “Old” in the “New” Latin American Constitutionalism (Spanish) (English)

Daniela Salazar – ‘Mi Poder en la Constitución’: Perverting the Rule of Law in Ecuador (Spanish) (English)

Commentator: Carlos Portugal Gouvêa

Keynote Address

Jedediah Purdy – Why Does Inequality Matter for Democracy?

Duke University School of Law

Session 6: Inequality and Positive Rights

Diego Gil McCawley: Right to Housing and Regulatory Minimalism in Chile (Spanish) (English)

Ezequiel Nino: Reflections on the Political Representation of the ‘Villas de Emergencia' of Buenos Aires (Spanish) (English)

Commentator: Ana Paula de Barcellos

Session 7: Unequal Consequences of Violent Conflict

Renata Bregaglio: When the Court Isn't Watching: Reparations as Differentiating Factor in Peruvian Post-Conflict Society (Spanish) (English)

Eleonora Lozano: Legal Perspectives for Peace in Colombia: Some Pro-Equality Economic Considerations (Spanish) (English)

Commentator: Sebastián Elias

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