Report on Convictions for Human Rights Violations in Chile

On May 31st, The Human Rights Observatory (Observatorio de Derechos Humanos) of the University Diego Portales released a list of military and police officials serving prison sentences for human rights abuses in Chile committed during General Pinochet’s dictatorship.The list includes name and rank of those convicted, names of victims, length of prison sentences, and locations of the prisons.

Individuals Serving or Having Completed Prison Sentences for Human Rights Violations 1973-1990 (in Spanish)

http://www.icso.cl/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Cond_presos_mayo_2012.pdf

Branch and Armed Forces Rank of Perpetrators Currently in Prison: Chile (in English)
Descriptive statistics and graphs compiled from the list of convictions.

http://www.icso.cl/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Rangos-de-agentes-presos-a-MAY-2012_ENG.pdf

Human Rights Observatory (Observatorio de Derechos Humanos) Website

http://www.icso.cl/observatorio-derechos-humanos/

 

 

New Argentine Law Journals from Ediciones Infojus

Argentina’s Ministry of Justice and Human Rights publishing house Ediciones Infojus recently launched five legal journals that will be available free of charge on their Infojus legal portal site. All five journals will publish three issues per year. Registration is required to access the full-text.

http://www.infojus.gov.ar/index.php?kk_seccion=revistas

Details about  the five journals:
Revista de Derecho Privado (ISSN 2250-8015)
volume 1 devoted to BioLaw and includes an index.

Revista Derecho Público (ISSN 2250-8031)
Volume 1 includes full-text of selected new statutes and articles on communications law, protection of rural land, UNASUR, and  economic aspects of foreign investment laws.

Revista Derecho Penal (ISSN 2250-8066)
Volume 1 focuses on alternatives to incarceration and includes an index.

Revista Derecho del Trabajo (ISSN 2250-8074)
Voulme 1 devoted to outsourcing.  Includes legislative and case law updates and an index.

Filosofía del Derecho (ISSN 2250-8058)
Volume 1 contains articles on theoretical, methodological and normative aspects of law.

Additional information about this journal project is available in Spanish at

http://www.prensa.argentina.ar/2012/06/05/31291-alak-presento-ediciones-infojus.php

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

Legacy of Emperor Justinian in Argentina: Primer Digesto Jurídico Argentino

Taking a cue from the Byzantine Emperor Justinian’s Corpus Juris Civilis, Argentina is in the final stages of creating a compilation of national legislation known as the “Primer Diegsto Jurídico Argentino” This is a project to analyze, systematize and harmonize all national laws since the 1850s. Redundant and obsolete laws will be identified and removed from the statute books.

Over 200 academics, judges, attorneys and legislators have been working on this monumental project since 2005. They have analyzed around 30,000 laws since 1853.

In July, the Argentine executive branch presented an initial draft to the congress. On Thursday and Friday of this week, a major conference will convene in Buenos Aires to discuss how specific areas of law will be impacted by the Digesto Jurídico Argentino.

Information about the national conference, including a list of speakers is available at:
Primer Congreso Nacional del Digesto Jurídico Argentino
September 1 and September 2, 2011
http://www.mpf.gov.ar/ics-wpd/DocumentosWeb/LinksNoticias/Primer_Congreso_Nac_Digesto_Jur_Arg.pdf

Brazilian Legal Portal: Memes Jurídico

Memes Jurídico: O Portal do Avogado

http://www.memesjuridico.com.br/jportal/portal.jsf

Memes Juridico is a Brazilian legal portal with links to legislation, case law, including  súmulas,  and legal news arranged by topic. Creating an account allows one to access additional materials, most of which are related to Brazilian bar examination materials.

All Website information is in Portuguese.

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/