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Regionalism in perspective.

"Universalism and Regionalism in the Early 21st Century" was the central theme of the most recent course in international law organized by the Inter-American Juridical Committee and the International Law Department of the OAS Secretariat for Legal Affairs.

The courses, held in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, are among the most prestigious academic events in the world on international law and have been held annually since 1974.

This year, the three week course covered a variety of topics in international public and private law with a special emphasis on topics related to the current regional and international situation.

Teachers included such world-renown experts in international law as International Court of Justice member Antonio Angusto Cancado Trindade; members of the Inter-American Juridical Committee; and professors from various universities in the region and from Europe (for example, Paulo Borba Casella from Brazil and Jorge Cardona from Spain); as well as specialists from the OAS General Secretariat like Jean-Michel Arrighi, among others.

A total of 36 students came from the diverse countries of the region to participate, 25 of them with scholarships. These are young professionals who are working in their countries in areas related to international law or international relations.

The Department of International Law awarded four additional scholarships to students of African descent in the context of this project that seeks, among other things, to ensure greater participation of this sector in OAS activities. An Afro-descendent professor was also invited to give a class as part of the effort to establish a climate of pluralism, tolerance, and empathy among the students.

Adrian Cattivelli is Editor of the OAS Department of Press.

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Author:Cattivelli, Adrian
Publication:Americas (English Edition)
Article Type:Conference notes
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Date:Jan 1, 2010
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