OAS CONVENES A MEETING OF EXPERTS
ON INTERNATIONAL LAW IN MEXICO
on public and private international law in the Americas are to meet in
Mexico on December 11-14, 2001 to analyze current legal issues, exchange
ideas on actions to be undertaken, strengthen academic ties, and promote
studies of inter-American law.
The Workshops on International Law have been convened by the
Department of International Law of the Organization of American States
(OAS) and by the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), through the
Institute of Legal Research (Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas).
Among other topics, the experts will examine the outlook for the
Inter-American Court of Human Rights, refuge in Latin America, trends in
international commercial arbitration, the rights of indigenous peoples,
the prospects for free trade in the Americas, and protection of women.
Also to be reviewed are topics related to extradition, torture,
the international restitution of minors, adoption, democracy, and
from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala,
Paraguay, Peru, the United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela, as well as
Mexico, will take part in the discussions and the workshops will be
inaugurated by the Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs of the OAS,
Enrique Lagos, and by the Director of the Institute of Legal Research of
UNAM, Diego Valadés.
include Augusto Cançado Trindade, of Brazil; José Felix Fernández
Estigarribia, of Paraguay; Ronald Herbert, of Uruguay; and René
Provost, of Canada, as well as Héctor Fix Zamudio, Sergio García Ramírez,
José Luis Siqueiros, Jorge Witker, Alonso Gómez Robledo, and Ricardo Méndez
Silva of Mexico.
Workshops on International Law were mandated by the OAS General Assembly
of 1997 in Lima, Peru, which adopted the Inter-American Program for the
Development of International Law and proposed holding workshops on
international law with the participation of high-level jurists and
specialists in international law to further the study and development of
legal issues in the inter-American system.
far similar workshops have been held in Montevideo, Uruguay and in Córdoba,
Argentina, in 1999 and 2000. The upcoming workshops can be accessed via
the Internet at: www.juridicas.unam.mx.