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Past Activities

2008-09

Orientation Week Tour of OAS.  Professor Alvaro Santos took a group of first-year students on a tour of the Organization of American States and the OAS Museum, as part of the Law Center's Orientation Week program. 

Talk on Slave Labor and Human Trafficking.  In an event cosponsored by CAROLA and the Human Rights Institute, Leonardo Sakamoto of Reporter Brasil talked about "Slave Labor and Human Trafficking in Brazil" on September 17 at the Law Center.

Summer Internship and Study Abroad Program.  CAROLA director Joseph Page, Professor Alvaro Santos and J. D. candidate Viviana Westbrook hosted a program for students interested in summer internships and study abroad in Latin America on October 15.

Breakfast with Brazilian Chief Justice.  In a breakfast talk cosponsored by CAROLA and the Supreme Court Institute, the Honorable Dr. Gilmar Ferreira Mendes, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Brazil, discussed "The Twentieth Anniversary of the Brazilian Constitution" on October 24 at the Law Center.

Judicial Enforcement of Social and Economic Rights in Latin America.  In a breakfast talk cosponsored by CAROLA, the O'Neill Institute, Foreign Lawyers at Georgetown (FLAG) and the Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA), Professor Daniel Brinks of the University of Texas and Varun Gauri of the World Bank discussed "Judicial Enforcement of Social and Economic Rights in Latin America" on November 12 at the Law Center.

Current Legal Issues at the OAS.  In a talk cosponsored by CAROLA, the Human Rights Institute, FLAG and LALSA, Dr. Dante Negro Alvarado, Director of the Department of International Law at the OAS, discussed "Current Legal Issues at the OAS" on January 28 at the Law Center.

From Conflict to Convergence in Brazil.  Professor Eduardo Viola of the University of Brasilia discussed "Economic and Social Rights and Environmental Protection in Brazil: From Conflict to Convergence" in Professor James Nickel's class on International Economic and Social Rights, on February 24 at the Law Center.

2006-07

Orientation Week Tour of OAS.  Professor Carlos Vázquez and CAROLA Director Joseph Page took a group of 22 first-year students on a tour of the Organization of American States and the OAS Museum on August 31, 2006, as part of the Law Center's Orientation Week program.  Mario López, an attorney with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, briefed the students on the work of the Commission. 

Panel Discussion on Mexican Election.  In an event cosponsored by CAROLA, La Alianza, FLAG and the ILS, Dr. Robert Pastor, Director of the Institute for Development and Election Management at American University, Professor Todd Eisenstadt of American University, and Georgetown Law Professor Roy Schotland discussed "The Mexican Electoral Crisis: A Challenge to the Rule of Law" on Oct. 25 at the Law Center.  CAROLA Director Joseph Page moderated the event.

Breakfast with Dominican Ambassador.  The Honorable Flavio Darío Espinal, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the United States, spoke to a group of students at an informal breakfact on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Law Center.

2005-06

Breakfast with Bolivian Ambassador.  The Honorable Jaime Aparicio, Ambassador of Bolivia to the United States, spoke to a group of students and faculty at an informal breakfact on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Law Center.

Orientation Week Tour of OAS.  Professor Carlos Vázquez, Visiting Professor Ángel Oquendo and CAROLA Director Joseph Page took a group of 20 first-year students on a tour of the Organization of American States and the OAS Museum on August 25, 2005, as part of the Law Center's Orientation Week program.  William Berenson, Director of the Department of Legal Services at the OAS, briefed the students on the structure and law-related activities of the Organization.

New Courses Relating to Latin America.  Two new offerings in the fall of 2005 will enable Georgetown Law students to pursue interests in Latin American law.  Visiting Professor Ángel Oquendo is teaching an introductory course on Latin American Law, and CAROLA Director Joseph Page is giving a seminar on Rule of Law Reform in Latin America.

Trade Symposium.  Foreign Lawyers at Georgetown (FLAG) and La Alianza del Derecho, with support from the Institute for International Economic Law, sponsored a panel discussion on "Free Trade Agreements and Regional Integration in the Americas (CAFTA Enters into Force) at the Law Center on April 13, 2006.  The discussion was moderated by Estaban Aguero, LL.M. '06, a former CAFTA negotiator for the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica.

Students Investigate U.S. Refugee Law.  A team of eleven Georgetown Law students and Visiting Professor Andrew Schoenholtz, Deputy Director of the Georgetown Institute for the Study of International Immigration, spent spring break in Ecuador, where they interviewed Colombian refugees as part of a semester-long study project documenting hardships created by U.S. immigration law. Their focus was on changes to the USA Patriot Act and the REAL ID Act that prevent refugees who help terrorist groups from entering into the United States because they furnished "material" support to terrorists, even though such support may have been coerced.  The students subsequently published a fact-finding report, "Unintended Consequences: Refugee Victims of the War on Terror," which they presented to the U.S. Congress and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.  One of the students, Jennie Pasquarella (06), summarized the findings in an article entitled "Blaming Terror's Victims," in the Legal Times on May 29, 2006.

2004-05

Talk on the Impeachment of the Mayor of Mexico City.  Jaime Palafox, LL.M. 91, S.J.D. '00, a Congressman from the state of Baja California, discussed the political controversy surrounding the attempt to impeach Manuel López Obrador, the Mayor of Mexico City, before a group of students and faculty of the Law Center on April 29, 2005.

Symposium on International Trade.  Advogados Brasileiros Para o Comércio Internacional (ABCI) sponsored a Symposium on International Trade in the new Hotung Building at the Georgetown University Law Center on Feb. 4, 2005.  Among the supporters of the Symposium were the Brazilian Embassy, the Office of International and Graduate Programs at the Law Center, CAROLA and the Institute of International Economic Law.  Topic covered included  the Doha development agenda, anti-dumping, agricultural subsidies and the relationship between regional trade agreements and the WTO.  Nearly one hundred attorneys from Brazil and the U.S. attended the event.

Discussion of Human Rights in Haiti.  CAROLA joined the Caribbean Law Students Association, La Alianza del Derecho amd several other student organizations in co-sponsoring a penel discussion on "Haiti, A Troubled State: Foerign Policy and Human Rights on Sept. 29, 2004, at the Law Center.

Orientation Week Tour of OAS.  Professor Carlos Vázquez and CAROLA Director Joseph Page took a group of 22 first-year students on a tour of the Organization of American States and the OAS Museum on Sept. 3, 2004 as part of the Law Center's Orientation Week program.  William Berenson, Director of the Department of Legal Services at the OAS, briefed the students on the law-related activities of the Organization.

Summer Course for Mexican Students.  Professor James Feinerman, Associate Dean for International and Graduate Programs, and Prof. Joseph Page, Director of CAROLA, taught a two-week course on Introduction to the Common Law to a group of LL.M. students from ITESM (Monterrey Tec), Mexico, June 14-25, at the Law Center.

2003-04

Inaugural Lecture on Rule of Law Reform in Latin America.   CAROLA held its first public event on September 17, 2003, when it hosted a lecture by Linn Hammergren, a Public Sector Specialist at the World Bank, on challenges to rule of law reform in Latin America. Christina Biebesheimer, a development specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank, commented on the lecture and stressed how difficult it is to measure the progress of rule of law reform.

Tour of the Organization of American States.    As part of the first-year orientation program at Georgetown Law, CAROLA's Director Joseph A. Page took 22 students on a visit to the Organization of American States, its art museum and library.   William Berenson, Director of the Department of Legal Services at the OAS, briefed the students on the law-related activities of the Organization.

Discussion of the Current Legal Framework of the Mexican Energy Sector and the Challenges It Faces.   On September 22, 2003, CAROLA hosted an informal talk by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Mexico for Energy Policy, Armando Jiménez (LL.M. '95). Dr. Jiménez is responsible for the formulation of energy policy and long term strategic planning.  

Environmental and Constitutional Law in the Commonwealth: Landmark Privy Council Case to Determine the Fate of a Rainforest in Belize.   On October 14, 2003,   CAROLA and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) sponsored a talk by Richard Clayton, Queens Counsel, who discussed the first environmental dispute to be resolved by Great Britain's   Privy Council.   Originating in Belize, it will be one of the first cases in the Commonwealth to challenge the adequacy of a government's review of the environmental impact of a major construction project.  

Human Rights in Colombia.   CAROLA co-sponsored a panel discussion of the human rights situation in Colombia with several student organizations (La Alianza, International Law Society, and Amnesty International) on October 22, 2003.   Various human rights scholars and activists who have been involved in improving the current status of human rights in Central and South America participated in the event. José Humberto Torres from the Comité de Soledariedad con los Presos Políticos (Committee of Solidarity with Political Prisoners) was the main speaker. Andrew Fandino from Peace Brigades International and Charlie Roberts from the Colombia Human Rights Network were discussants.

Breakfast with the Ambassador.  Ambassador Raúl Gangotena of Ecuador joined approximately thirty law students and faculty members at a breakfast on November 5, 2003.   The Ambassador's informal talk focused on the rule of law in Ecuador and the rights of indigenous people.   Ecuadorean Embassy officials Santiago Chávez and Silvia González also participated in the discussion.

Visit by Patricio Leyton.   CAROLA hosted a visit by Professor Patricio Leyton, LL.M. `00, from the environment law clinic of the University of Chile Law School for two weeks in November as part of a project being undertaken by his clinic. He attended the Environment Law Workshop and various classes, and met with Law Center Professors Hope Babcock, Peter Byrne, Lisa Heinzerling and Richard Lazarus, Visiting Professor Jody Freeman, Adjunct Professor David Bookbinder and Future Law Scholar Alejandro Camacho.

Dory Mayer Quoted. Dory Mayer, Director of International Student Services at the Law Center, is prominently quoted in an article on "Learning to Work in the American Way," published in the Oct.-Nov. issue of Latin Lawyer and dealing with LL.M. programs in the United States.

New Trade Law Course Offered.   In the spring semester Adjunct Professors José Salazar of the Organization of American States and Mario Umaña of the Inter-American Development Bank will teach a new 2-credit course on "Trade and Integration in the Americas and the FTAA."

Breakfast Talk on FTAA and the Problem of Corruption.  Ambassador Estaban Tomic Errazuriz, the Permanent Representative of Chile to the Organization of American States, discussed the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption and its role in promoting free trade in the hemisphere as part of CAROLA's “Breakfast With the Ambassador Series” at the Law Center on February 11, 2004.

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