The Latin American Series at Yale Law School

The Latin American Series at YLS is an initiative that brings to the law school distinguished speakers to discuss major legal, economic and social issues concerning Latin America today. The Series is sponsored by Yale Law School and the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies.

Upcoming Events

We do not currently have any special speakers or events planned for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Past Events

Spring 2017

January 27, 2017, at 12:10 pm in room 128

Brazil: Constitutional Resiliency in Brazil Today, Oscar Vilhena Vieira, Dean of the Getulio Vargas Law School in São Paulo, Moderated by Daniel Markovits.


April 14, 2017, at 12:10 in room 121

Venezuela: Venezuela – A Failing State?, William Finnegan, the New Yorker Magazine, and Francisco Rodriguez, Torino Capital. Moderated by Owen Fiss.


Fall 2016

October 25, 2016, at 4:15 in the Faculty Lounge

Mexico: The Strengths and Weaknesses of the Democratic State in Mexico, Pedro Salazar, Professor of constitutional law and Director of the Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas at UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico.  Moderated by Owen Fiss.

Spring 2016

April 5 - Corruption as a Business Model: Petrobras and Politics in Brazil, Deltan Dallagnol, Lead Prosecutor in Brazil's Lava Jato Operation:

February 9 - At Long Last, the End of Pinochet's Constitution in Chile?

Jorge Contesse, Rutgers University
Sergio Verdugo, Universidad del Desarrollo

February 1 - Impeachment, Nullification, and Democratic Deadlock in Brazil

Vera Karam de Chueiri, Federal University of Parana
Oscar Vilhena Vieira, Getulio Vargas Foundation in Sao Paulo

2014 - 2015

September 15 - Human Rights Work and Public Interest Litigation in Latin America, Miguel Pulido, Executive Director Fundar 

October 8 - The 2014 Presidential Elections in Brazil – a panel discussion with Sergio Guerra, Associate Dean at FGV-Rio, Daniel Oliveira, Master's candidate at Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and Juliana Palma, YLS LLM '15.

November 4 - Carlos Vecchio, leader of Voluntad Popular – Entrenchment and Human Rights in Venezuela Today.

December 9 - Mariana Velasco Rivera. YLS LLM '15 – The Disappearance of 43 Mexican Students and the Subsequent Protests (evento en español).

February 9 - Luis Moreno Ocampo, former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague – The Future Looks More Like Argentina than the Netherlands.

February 12 - Érica Gorga, Professor of Law, FGV-Sao Paulo – What’s at Stake in the U.S. Lawsuit against Petrobras.

March 25 - Ambassador Samuel Guimarães, former High Representative of Mercosul – Brazil and the 21st Century World.

March 26 - Julieta Lemaitre, Professor of Law at the Universidad de Andes in Bogota – Los efectos de la violencia en Colombia sobre la abogacía de interés público y activismo de base (evento en español).

April 20 - Denise Dresser, Professor of Political Science at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México – From Mexican Moment to Mexican Morass.