The publishers of “Latin Lawyer” magazine have made available some content free of charge. Once you select an indivial country on the Latin Lawyer Online site, look for the section labeled “Reference.” There you will find informative interviews with leading attorneys in each jursidiction. Recent examples include “Mergers & Acquisitions in Colombia” and “Secured Transactions in Uruguay”. It is often difficult to locate up to date information in English for many of these subjects. So, a tip of the hat to the folks at Latin Lawyer for providing this nice service. As for the subscriber only content, “Latin Lawyer” offers excellent coverage of major legal and law firm develpoments throughout Latin America.
The Argentine Association of Law Librarians (Asociación Civil de Bibliotecarios Jurídicos- ACBJ) has recently posted a useful collection of Argentine legal links. Categories include: national government agencies, provincial governments, blogs, dictionaries, law schools, bar associations, legal guides, law libraries and legal publishers. These links will be useful for academics and practitioners. Muchas gracias to our Argentine colleagues.
The ACBJ annual conference will be held October 9th and 10th in the beautiful resort town of Barilioche. This years’ theme is “The Rights of Minorities in a Knowledge Society.” For more information visit: http://www.acbj.org.ar/eventos.htm
Panama is the latest Latin American country planning to introduce accusatorial reforms to its criminal procedure regime. A draft Criminal Prodecure Code (Código Procesal Penal) is currently being discussed in the National Assembly. If the draft becomes law, Panama will join over a dozen other Latin American countries that have moved from inquisitorial systems to accusatorial ones. The new Panamanian code includes oral proceedings at trial and the separation of prosecutors and judges. A Spanish version of the draft Criminal Procedure Code is available at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/3182192/proyecto-de-ley
On May 23, 2008, 12 South American countries signed a treaty creating the South American Union of Nations. Although no formal institutions are functioning at this time, the treaty does envision a Secretariat in Quito, Ecuador (article 10) and a Parliament in Cochabamba, Bolivia (article 17). It will be interesting to see what documents are produced by this new transnational body and how it affects Mercosur and the Andean Community. The nations involved are: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uriguay and Venezuela. The South American Union of Nations Constitutive Treaty is available in English, Spanish, Portuguee and Dutch from the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Realtions: http://www.mre.gov.br/portugues/imprensa/nota_detalhe3.asp?ID_RELEASE=5466
If your law school runs a clinic that promotes human rights in the Iberian peninsula or Latin America, you may wish to apply for the King of Spain Human Rights Prize (III Premio Rey de España de Derechos Humanos). A panel composed of government officials and administrators form the University of Alcalá will award €30,000 to the winning organization. Applications, in Spanish, are available online at http://www.defensordelpueblo.es/resoluciones/convocatoria_III_premio.pdf. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 15, 2008. ¡Buena suerte!