Venezuelan Supreme Court Justice Fernando Ramon Vegas Torrealba to Speak at UCLA School of Law.
WHAT: UCLA School of Law will host a lecture by Fernando Ramon
Vegas Torrealba, a magistrate of Venezuela's Supreme
Tribunal of Justice (Venezuela's Supreme Court). The
lecture, entitled "Democracy in Venezuela under the 1999
Bolivarian Constitution," is co-sponsored by the law
school's Politics and International Law Colloquium and its
Critical Race Studies Concentration, along with the UCLA
Latin American Center.
Justice Vegas Torrealba will be speaking as a judicial
expert on the significant reforms occurring in Venezuela as
a result of the current Constitution of the Bolivarian
Republic of Venezuela, which was adopted in 1999. Drafted
by a constitutional assembly that was created by popular
referendum--which was a first for the country--the 1999
Constitution replaced the 1961 Constitution, which, of the
26 constitutions used by Venezuela since its independence in
1811, had been the longest standing Constitution.
Justice Vegas Torrealba will discuss the major changes to
the structure and responsibilities of Venezuela's government
brought about with the 1999 Constitution, including a
greater emphasis of human rights, educational access,
quality health care, environmental rights and protections
and rights of indigenous peoples to uphold their own
traditional cultures, religions and languages. The 1999
Constitution, which features some 350 articles, is among the
world's longest, most complicated and most comprehensive
WHO: Justice Vegas Torrealba was appointed to the Supreme
Tribunal of Justice (TSJ) in August 2004 and assumed office
in January 2005. He sits in the Electoral Chamber of the
TSJ. The Justice is a published novelist and he regularly
writes columns for newspapers and journals.
Justice Vegas Torrealba earned his law degree at the Central
University of Venezuela and a master's degree in the laws of
economic integration in 1977. He is an expert in commercial
relations and has written and lectured extensively in this
area. The Justice helped to negotiate various international
trade agreements with companies doing business in Venezuela.
WHEN: Thursday, April 13, 2006, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: UCLA School of Law, Room 1447