Webcast: Leadership Summit Brazil

The Fundação Getulio Vargas and CEMS are Webcasting a day-long conservation with top Brazilian business leaders on Thursday, September 29th.

There is also an opportunity for student groups to ask questions via Skype.

Leadership Summit Brazil

http://www.lsbrazil.com/

List of speakers (all times listed are Pacific)

Introduction

Maria Jose Tonelli Vice-dean, Business School of the Fundação Getulio Vargas in São Paulo – EAESP

05.15-05.30

Setting the Scene

Elco Jol Founder and Chairman, Leadership Summit Brazil

05.30-06.30

How can the public sector improve the environment for corporations?

Ilan Goldfajn Chief Economist, Itaú Unibanco

Antonio Carlos Manfredini Professor, Fundação Getulio Vargas – EAESP

Fernando Ribeiro Student Moderator, Fundação Getulio Vargas – GV Direito

06.30-06.40

Taxation in Brazil

Marienne Coutinho Partner, KPMG Global Group

06.40-06.55

Brazil’s capital market

Bruno Meyerhof Salama Professor, Fundação Getulio Vargas – GV Direito

07.00-08.00

The Future of the Brazilian Financial Sector

Andre Esteves CEO, BTG Pactual

Jose Olympio Pereira President, Credit Suisse Brasil

Alexandre Saigh Partner and Founder, Patria Investimentos

Luiz Sorge Head of Asset Management, BNP Paribas Brasil

Claudia Baumgart Student Moderator, University of St. Gallen

08.00-09.00

Break

09.00-10.00

How does Brazil position itself on the Global Energy Market?

Gustavo Tardin Executive, Petrobras

André Araújo CEO, Shell Brazil

Marcelo Martins CFO, Cosan

Olivier Scialom Student Moderator, London School of Economics and Political Science

10.00-10.20

Keynote address
The Necessity for infrastructure in Brazil

Felipe Jens Investments Director, Odebrecht

10.20-10.30

Small Break

10.30-11.30

What are the opportunities for Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital in Brazil?

Bruno Caetano CEO, Sebrae-SP

Ricardo Tortorella Director, Sebrae-SP

Eric Acher CEO, Monashees Capital

Adalberto Brandao COO, FGV Private Equity and Venture Capital Research Center

Lucas Martins Student Moderator, Fundação Getulio Vargas – EAESP

11.30-11.50

Closing keynote address: A vision for the future

Eliana CardosoProfessor, Fundação Getulio Vargas/p>

11.50-12.00

Closing words

Julia Pacheco Associate Dean International Relations Fundação Getulio Vargas -EAESP & LSB Organizing Committee

Universal Human Rights Conference: 500th Anniversary of Antonio de Montesinos

Universal Human Rights Conference: 500th Anniversary of Antonio de Montesinos
humanrights500.org

From the conference description and promotional materials:

On December 2-4, 2011, a coalition of universities and other institutions are hosting a  conference and celebration in Washington, D.C. to assess what has been achieved in 500 years of human rights advocacy.  The conference is scheduled to include Sunday, 4 December, the conventionally identified date in 1511 when Antonio de Montesinos, O.P. delivered a sermon in Santo Domingo calling for reform of Spanish policy toward the indigenous.  That sermon launched a Spanish debate about the human rights of the Indians, which in turn contributed to advocacy of the universality of human rights.  While concerned with the history of human rights, the conference will have as its focus current institutional and legal approaches to refine and enhance protections of human rights.

Working with international partners, Alma College’s Public Affairs Institute and Center for Responsible Leadership; George Mason University’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution; Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs; Justice for North America for the Dominican Family; Partnership for Global Justice; the Osgood Center for International Studies; the Washington Theological Consortium; the Aquinas Institute; and the Fundacja Centrum Solidarnosci are hosting a conference focused on assessing what has been achieved in 500 years of human rights advocacy. The conference will include Sunday, December 4, 2011, the conventionally identified date in 1511 when Antonio de Montesinos delivered a sermon in Santo Domingo calling for reform of Spanish policy toward the indigenous. That sermon launched a Spanish debate about the human rights of the Indians, which in turn contributed to later advocacy of the principle that human rights apply to all people, regardless of nationality.  The new Spanish film Tambien La Lluvia (Even the Rain) has as its core purpose considering the legacy of Montesinos.

The conference is really a series of coordinated events that will bring together international scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, religious leaders, attorneys, civic leaders and workers in NGOs concerned with human rights (their history, definition, protection and enforcement). We will produce a “Proceedings,” collecting as many of the presentations as would be appropriate. Either as part of the “Proceedings” or in separate printed material, we anticipate assembling consensus documents that address contemporary human rights challenges.

We events will be held over the weekend of  Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 through Sunday, December 4, 2011. The weekend will include the following parts:

  1. Conference of experts, both practitioners (attorneys, NGO leaders, public officials) and scholars, including graduate students, held at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Arlington, Virginia on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, 2011;
  2. Luncheon and seminar on Religion and Human Rights, held at the Georgetown University, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and Foreign Affairs on Friday afternoon, Dec. 2;
  3. An undergraduate human rights conference held in conjunction with the Osgood Center for International Affairs in Washington on Dec. 2-3, 2011.
  4. Performance of Jean Claude Carriere’s The Controversy of Valladolid on Saturday evening, Dec. 3;
  5. A celebration of the Montesinos homily at St. Matthews Cathedral on the afternoon of Sunday Dec. 4, 2011; and
  6. Development of one or more consensus documents during small group sessions on Sunday, December 4.

Papers and panels are invited on the following topics:

The history and philosophy of universal human rights, while we anticipate special interest in the Americas and in imperial nations, we encourage wider perspectives;

The institutional structure and processes for protecting universal human rights (including the responsibility to protect), especially from Nuremberg to the ICC;

The relationship of human rights to issues such as sovereignty, migration, labor rights, gender, development, and security/terrorism;

The relationship of universal rights to different national, regional, historical, and indigenous cultures; and

Religion and human rights.

Please submit paper or panel proposals by OCTOBER 17, 2011.

 

Salalm 2010 Blog

For those of us who could not attend SALALM (Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials) in Rhode Island last week,  the Salalm Blog provides some of the highlights.

Salalm Blog

http://salalm.blogspot.com/

hat tip to Adan Griego.

Ley.mx

Our friends at Justia have released Ley.mx, a portal of Mexican statutes and regulations. The site includes federal and state constitutions, codes, statutes, and regulations. Materials are available in HTML and Pdf formats. The Web site also posts legal news alerts and has useful links to u publications, law schools, and law firms.  Along with UNAM’s Unidad de Documentación de Legislación y Jurisprudencia, Ley.mx offers another free portal to Mexican primary legal resources. Many thanks to the folks at Justia for all their excellent work.

Ley.mx

http://www.ley.mx/

Researching Chilean Law

Julienne Grant, FCIL librarian at Loyola University Chicago, has created a wonderful research guide to Chilean Law, in Libguide format. The guide concentrates on English language sources, but also includes many important Spanish language resources. The guide includes books, journals, databases, Web links, and translation resources.

Many thanks to Julienne for building this excellent useful tool.

Researching Chilean Law

http://lawlibguides.luc.edu/content.php?pid=85136

Colombian Legal Journals

The University of Medellín’s Eduardo Fernández Botero Library has posted a list of over a hundred Colombian legal journals. Journal titles and publishing institutions are listed. Unfortunately, no links are provided. 

Colombian Legal Journals

http://www.udem.edu.co/UDEM/Servicios/Biblioteca/revDerecho.htm

Article: Public Interest Law in Contemporary Latin America

Article available on SSRN:

Staying Alive: Public Interest Law in Contemporary Latin America

Stephen Melli

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1518002

Abstract:

This paper explores the current state of public interest lawyering in three Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Based on a series of open-ended interviews with lawyers, judges and social movement activists, it compares public interest lawyering in these countries now with how it was practiced when the author interviewed some of the same individuals in the early to mid 1990s. Its analysis is set within the context of important geopolitical and socio-legal phenomena: the current global economic crisis and the judicialization of politics and constitutionalization of rights that has swept across the region over the past two decades. The paper explores how these developments have influenced public interest lawyers, particularly in their interactions with various social movements. It also highlights the opportunities and challenges that these developments pose for public interest lawyers throughout Latin America.

Law and Legal Culture in Venezuela in Revolutionary Times (1999-2009)

Professor Rogelio Pérez-Perdomo has just published on SSRN a Spanish language article on the Venezuelan legal system during the last decade. 

Law and Legal Culture in Venezuela in Revolutionary Times (1999-2009)

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1513568

Abstract:     
The paper analyzes changes in the constitution, law and legal culture in Venezuela under the presidency of Hugo Chavez. In this period the main function of the constitution has been to express the political project of those in power. The 1999 constitution reflected a mixed project of democracy and socialism. Beginning in 2002 the government strengthened its socialist-authoritarian nature. This produced the need to change the constitution, as it was attempted in 2007. This attempted was defeated and the government introduced the changes trough legislation, profiting its tight control of the National Assembly. In 2009 the government won a referendum suppressing the limits for reelection of the President of the Republic, a part of the refused reform of 2007. The constitution and the legal system have become instruments for the actual implantation of a socialist regime in the country. All the branches of public power are controlled by Chavez and all contributed to his socialist project. The paper describes the way the legislation has been dominated by the executive branch and how the judges have become part of the political apparatus of the state. 

Note: Paper in Spanish 

Bibliographies of Legal Literature from Latin America

Over the past few years, The Latin American and Caribbean Journal of Legal Studies has published  annotated bibilographies of legal literature from a number of Latin American countries. Bibliographies exist for Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, and Mexico.   The bibliogaphies are written by prominent jurists and professors from the U.S. and the region.

Latin American and Caribbean Journal of Legal Studies

http://services.bepress.com/lacjls/

Latin American Studies Full-Text Online

International Information Services has recently launched a subscriber ($) database of full-text journals from various disciplines, focsuing on Latin America. There appear to be only a handful of legal journals on their list of publications. For now, many of the items are available for free.  Spanish and English language content is planned.

LatAm Estudios Texto Completo en Línea / Latin American Studies Full-Text

http://www.latam-studies.com/

From the database description:

Ninety-five percent of the content is licensed from top Latin American and Caribbean institutions and universities. Much of the important scholarly content for Latin America comes from Latin America, yet little of it is included in the major U.S. or European scholarly indexing services. LatAm-Studies targets this content. We index for free-text searching and offer you the full-text of everything.

LatAm-Studies Full Text Online is a database service dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of research on Latin America and the Caribbean. We have licensed journals and other academic content of the most prestigious research institutions in the region and the world. Because we charge a subscription fee for access to the service, we are able to pay royalties to our content providers in order to help them thrive and to support continuing research. In addition, we keep our subscription fees at low cost to achieve the widest possible dissemination of content.

Country Coverage
LatAm-Studies.com brings together thousands of full-text reports on 46 countries.* Coverage includes all countries in South America, Caribbean, Central America and Mexico.

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The reports included in the database cover a multitude of business, government, economic, and social issues.

Examples of specific subject coverage include finance, trade, environment, human resource development, history, languages, culture, bests practices in government, fisheries, tourism, education and research on women. An average study is 10 pages long and contains research, analysis and forecasts. Most contain statistical tables, charts, and/or graphs.

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Studies are arranged for easy browsing by subject, study provider, and alphabetical order.  In addition, all studies are indexed in a comprehensive database that is quickly searchable using free text. Each month, the home page highlights new and noteworthy studies and updates.

The database search engine offers advanced search features for experienced researchers while delivering excellent results for novices, because it forgives spelling errors and automatically stems. Users can browse by country to find country specific annual statistical overviews.  Multi-country and Latin America wide comparisons are also available.