Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas

Georgetown Law Faculty and Latin America

Prof. Charles Abernathy offers an annual program in Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Law at Universidad Austral in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the fall of 2003, he offered a similar program in Ecuador at the Universidad Católica de Santiago de Guayaquil.

Prof. T. Alexander Aleinikoff has worked with a binational group on U.S.-Mexican immigration policy.

Prof. Jeffrey D. Bauman has taught corporate and securities law in an Executive Certificate Training Program co-sponsored by LawCasa (CAROLA's predecessor) and the Iberoamericana University in Mexico City.

Prof. M. Gregg Bloche  has studied the involvement of physicians with Uruguayan torturers. More recently, he has been working on an ethical code-drafting project that draws on the South American experience of physician complicity in human rights violations.

Prof. Sherman L. Cohn has lectured on what Colombian lawyers should know about American law and on legal education at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, on Watergate at the Bar Association in Quito, Ecuador, and on legal ethics to judges and lawyers in Asunción, Paraguay.

Prof. Michael Diamond was a visiting professor at the University of Puerto Rico in the spring of 1985, and taught in the Washington College of Law's 1995 summer program in Santiago, Chile. He served as a consultant on the development of affordable housing in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1998 and 1999, and on economic development in Port au Prince, Haiti, in 2001. In June of 2003 he participated in a rule-of-law reform conference in Quito, Ecuador, sponsored by Hacia la Seguridad, a non-governmental organization.

Prof. Richard D. Diamond has taught trade law at Executive Certificate Training Rrograms co-sponsored by LawCasa and INCAE in Managua, Nicaragua, and by Iberoamericana University in Mexico City.

Associate Dean James V. Feinerman has taught corporate law at Executive Certificate Training Programs co-sponored by LawCasa and INCAE, Iberoamericana University in Mexico City and the Autonomous University of Guadalajara. He was also a lecturer at a program of the Inter-American Juridical Committee of the OAS in Rio de Janeiro.

Prof. Lawrence Gostin has been working with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on public health law and ethics, including books, articles, and conferences. 

Prof. Charles H. Gustafson has taught international taxation and international arbitration at Executive Certificate Training Pprograms co-sponsored by LawCasa and INCAE in Managua, Nicaragua, Iberoamericana University in Mexico City and the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, and in Asunción, Paraguay. He was a graduation speaker at Javeriana University Law School in Bogotá, and gave a series of lectures on international tax policy for the law and economics faculties at the University of Rosario in Argentina. He lectured on international tax isssues in Buenos Aires, Santiago, Lima and at a meeting of the Inter-American Bar Association in Washington.   He was a panelist on law and development in Latin America jointly sponsored by the Law Center and the Organization of American States, and twice taught a course on U.S. tax law and policy in Mexico City. He is currently working on a book chapter dealing with tax treaties between the U.S. and Latin American countries.

Prof. Lisa Heinzerling has taught environment law in an Executive Certificate Training Program co-sponsored by LawCasa and Iberoamericana University in Mexico City.

Prof. Carrie Menkel-Meadow has taught various courses on mediation and alternative dispute resolution at different Latin American institutions, including INCAE (Nicaragua), the Center for the Study of Law, Politics and Economics (CEDEP) (Paraguay), and the Torcuato di Tella University in Buenos Aires (Argentina). In November 2003 she consulted with the Centro de Investigaciones de Docencia Económica in Mexico City on their program of legal education.

Prof. Joseph A. Page represented the U.S. Department of State at a Conference on "Justice in the Revolution," sponsored by the Supreme Court of Nicaragua, in Managua,   in May of 1981. He testified as an expert witness on behalf of the U.S. State Department in a bail hearing held as part of an extradition proceeding brought by the Argentine government against José López Rega, former Minister of Social Welfare in Argentina. In 1986 and 1987 he lectured on product-liability law in Brazil, under the auspices of the U.S. Information Agency. He is currently the Director of the Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas (CAROLA) at Georgetown Law.   

Prof. Robert Pitofsky, while Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, attended conferences in Panama and Argentina to improve cooperation in the enforcement of antitrust laws and prevention of consumer fraud.

Prof. Richard L. Roe, as Director of the D.C. Street Law Project , has met with visiting judges, legal educators, school teachers and law students from various Latin American countries to discuss the teaching of "street law" and the methodology of democratic civic education. He spent a year in Bogotá, Colombia, while an undergraduate at Yale, and subsequently lived for six months in Pátzcuaro, Mexico.

Prof. Susan Deller Ross has taught a course on International and Comparative Law on the Rights of Women that emphasizes the Inter-American human rights system. TheGeorgetown International Women's Human Rights Clinic, of which she serves as Director, has submitted a report to the Special Rapporteur for Violence Against Women concerning so-called "defense-of-honor" murders of women in various Latin American countries.

Prof. Warren F. Schwartz was a consultant with the Liberty and Democracy Institute in Lima. The President of the Institute, Hernán de Soto, in the preface of his path-breaking book El Otro Sendero ( The Other Path ) acknowledges Prof. Schwartz' contribution in instructing the author in the discipline of law and economics.

Prof. Robert K. Stumberg, as Clinical Director of the Harrison Institute for Public Law, has written a legal analysis of investment and trade in services within the Free Trade Area of the Americas. The paper identified provisions in the treaty that could affect the governing authority of legislatures at the national or subnational level, and paid special heed to the delivery of essential services (water, electricity, health and education), limits on ownership of land and gaming enterprises and the regulation of extractive industries. He prepared the paper as a result of a request by the Conference of Parliamentarians of the Americas.

Prof. John R. Thomas has taught intellectual property law at an Executive Certificate Training Program co-sponsored by CAROLA and INCAE in Managua, Nicaragua.

Prof. Carlos M. Vázquez  was the U.S. member of the Inter-American Juridical Committee of the Organization of American States from 2000 to 2003, and Vice-Chairman of the Committee from 2002 to 2003. He lectured on "International Trade and Human Rights in a course of international law sponsored by the Committee in Rio De Janeiro in 2001, and on American law at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá. He served on a fact-finding mission sponsored by the International Human Rights Law Group to observe election campaigns in El Salvador and Chile, and co-authored a "Report on the Chilean Electoral Process" in 1987. He participated in pro bono litigation challenging the U.S. policy of returning Cuban and Haitian refugees to their native lands.   Recently he published an article entitled Regionalism vs. Globalism: A View From the Americas in Acts of UNIDROIT, 75th Anniversary Congress.

Prof. William T. Vukowich has taught bankruptcy and commercial law courses at Executive Certificate Training Programs co-sponsored by LawCasa and Iberoamericana University in Mexico City.

Prof. David C. Vladeck has s erved as a consultant on American law for the Law and Democracy Institute in Lima. He also delivered a talk in Nov. 2003 on "Transparency in Doing Justice" at the Law Faculty of the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City and spoke at a faculty seminar at UNAM on public access to judicial records.

Prof. Edith Brown Weiss is serving as Chairperson of the Inspection Panel of the World Bank, which looks into complaints from communities and non-governmental organizations that they are suffering harm because the Bank has followed its own procedures. A number of these complaints have originated in Latin America.


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