Past Law & Policy in the Americas Conferences

2013: 14th Annual Conference on Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas

May 13 – 14, 2013
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Gainesville, Florida

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2012: 13th Annual Conference on Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas

May 21 – 22, 2012
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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2011: 12th Annual Conference on Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas

12th Annual Conference on Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas
Gainesville, Florida
May 9, 2011

2011 Conference Agenda [PDF 22KB]

2010: 11th Annual Conference on Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas

Creating a Consensus for Justice Reform in Peru
May 17 – 18, 2010
Montevideo, Uruguay

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2009: 10th Annual Conference on Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas

University of Florida Levin College of Law
Gainesville, Florida
May 11 and 12, 2009

The Center for Governmental Responsibility’s Tenth Annual Conference on Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas was held May 11-12, 2009, in Gainesville, Florida. The 2009 conference will feature day-long workshops and discussions on selected topics, including:

  • Judicial Reform
  • Crime
  • Land and Resource Tenure in the Americas
  • Agro-Ranching and the Environment
  • Human Rights and Environmental Justice
  • Perfecting the Uruguayan Business Model

The conference will examine current legal issues in the hemisphere, while continuing to strengthen our partnerships throughout the region.

Conference Agenda

2008: 9th Annual Conference on Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas

Creating a Consensus for Justice Reform in Peru
May 26 – 28, 2008
Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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2007: 8th Annual Conference on Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas

Holiday Inn-West
Gainesville, Florida
April 11-12, 2007

The Center for Governmental Responsibility’s Eighth Annual Conference on Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas wasbe held April 11-12, 2007, in Gainesville, Florida.

The 2007 conference featured day-long workshops and discussions on selected topics, including:

  • Brazilian Perspectives on Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas
  • Street Crime, Organized Crime & Terrorism, Combating Their Threat to Economic and Political Stability in the Americas
  • Parliamentary Reform: Increasing Effectiveness, Transparency and Oversight
  • New Directions in Property Law and Policy in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Human Rights
  • Lessons and Challenges of MERCOSUR’s Trade, Business, and Dispute Settlement Systems
  • Justice Reform
  • Legal Education, Professional Responsibility & Ethics
  • Environment & Agriculture

The conference and workshops were designed to define and develop a research agenda for the 2008 conference, scheduled to be held in Brazil. The conference examined current legal issues in the hemisphere, while continuing to strengthen our partnerships throughout the region.

Collaborators for the conference were the Center for Governmental Responsibility at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, the law faculty at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RIO), the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida, the Law and Policy in the Americas Program at the University of Florida and the Florida Journal of International Law.

Conference Agenda [29 Kb PDF]

2006: 7th Annual Conference on Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas

Creating a Consensus for Justice Reform in Peru
May 25-26, 2006
JW Marriott Hotel, Lima, Peru

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2005: 6th Annual Conference on Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas

Hilton University of Florida Conference Center
Gainesville, Florida
May 15-16, 2005
The University of Florida Levin College of Law’s annual international meeting of Latin American experts, “Legal and Policy Issues in the Americas,” is scheduled for May 15-16, 2005, in Gainesville, Florida, at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center. The Conference also includes an optional discussion about terrorism in the Americas on Tuesday, May 17, at the Levin College of Law.
The overall focus of the conference is to develop a template that we will use in analyzing justice systems in selected countries throughout the Americas, beginning with Peru. We will open with an examination of the current justice reforms in Peru, and examine the justice systems of Peru, Chile, and the United States. We will be identifying ways that justice systems complement or impede the challenges of Business Investment and Trade Negotiations, Terrorism, Dispute Resolution, and Property Rights. Participation in the conference is limited to 100 attendees, including lawyers, policy makers, law professors, judges, law students, business owners, and law enforcement representatives.

The conference agenda includes five plenary sessions covering five topics and two breakout sessions to discuss the formal presentations. The sessions include speakers from the United States, Peru, the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Mexico.

Conference Agenda

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2004: 5th Annual Conference on Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas

June 24-26, 2004
Costa Rica Marriott Hotel
San Jose, Costa Rica
The University of Florida Levin College of Law’s annual international meeting of Latin American experts will be held outside the United States this year, for the first time. We have accepted the invitation of our long-time collaborator, the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Law, to travel to San Jose, Costa Rica, for the 2004 conference.
The conference agenda will include three general sessions and six workshops featuring specific legal and policy issues facing us today. The workshop sessions will include speakers from the United States, Costa Rica and the Americas.

Workshop topics for the 2004 conference are:

  1. Legal Education and Professionalism
  2. The Human Right to Property and Sustainable Development
  3. Decentralization, Property Taxation & Valuation
  4. Conflict Resolution
  5. Economic Integration in the Hemisphere
  6. Proportional Response Under Rule of Law to Organized Crime & Terrorism

We have reserved space for 150 participants in the conference, so early registration is important. The deadline for returning the attached registration form to us is April 24, 2004.

Conference Program

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