SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA – Experts from the United States, Costa Rica and the Americas will gather here Thursday-Saturday for the fifth annual University of Florida Levin College of Law conference on “Legal & Policy Issues in the Americas.”
Hosted by the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Law at the Marriott Hotel, the event is organized by the UF law school’s Center for Governmental Responsibility and will feature three general sessions and six workshops on such issues as economic integration in the hemisphere, proportional response under rule of law to organized crime and terrorism, human right to property and sustainable development, conflict resolution and legal education and professionalism.
Keynote speaker Friday evening will be Sonia Picado Sotela, president of InterAmerican Human Rights Institute and former InterAmerican Human Rights Court judge and past dean of the University of Costa Rica (UCR) law school. Others presenting remarks that day include Douglas Barnes, deputy chief of mission, U.S. Embassy, Costa Rica; Hermann L. Faith, executive director, Costa Rica-U.S. Foundation for Cooperation; and Yamileth Gonzalez, rector, and Rafael Gonzalez Ballar, law school dean, UCR.
Workshop speakers will include Jose Miguel Alfaro, former vice president of Costa Rica and now deputy high justice on the Supreme Court of Justice; Adrian Jorge Makuc of the Agrentina Ministry of Economy; Dennis Jett, UF International Center dean and former U.S. ambassador to Peru and Mozambique; Carmen Diana Deere, director, Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies of the University of Massachusetts; Buddy MacKay Jr., past Florida governor and lieutenant governor and former Special Envoy for the Americas representing the U.S. president; Josh Markus of Carlton Fields P.A., Miami, and chair of the American Bar Association’s section of international law and practice; and Elizabeth Jenkins, magistrate judge, U.S. District Court, Florida.
Presentation of the Jon Mills Award for “Significant Contributions to Relations Between Florida and the Americas” will be made at the Friday banquet. Last year’s winner was Paulo Roberto Pereira de Souza of Maringa, Brazil, with the award going in 2002 to Alejandro Ogarrio, Mexico City, Mexico; 2001 to MacKay, Ocala, Fla.; and 2000 to Raul E. Valdes-Fauli, Miami, Fla. Mills, dean emeritus of the UF law school, is founding director of the Center for Governmental Responsibility, former Florida speaker of the house, and was instrumental in initiating UF law school programs and activities in the Americas.
In addition to the UF law school and UCR Faculty of Law, others sponsoring this week’s event are Costa Rica-USA Foundation, Center for International Business Education and Research of the UF Warrington College of Business, Upchurch Watson White & Max with offices in Florida and Alabama, and the Florida Journal of International Law.
Additional information: JoAnn Klein, CGR Development Director, 352.392.2237 / eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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