New partnership aims to strengthen Argentine judiciary

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Provost Peter Salovey addresses the Argentine delegates.

Argentine judicial leaders and representatives from the nation’s private sector came to campus recently as part of the inaugural AmCham-Yale Argentina Judicial Leadership Program.

The program is a partnership between Yale, the American Chamber of Commerce of Argentina (AmCham), and the Academy of Judicial Interchange and Studies (AIEJ).

The program aims to improve transparency and the rule of law in the Argentine judiciary; to encourage public-private dialogue and partnerships; to generate educational material for federal and national courts in Argentina; and to train Argentine judges on business issues. These are areas considered critical to Argentina’s economic stability as well as future growth.

The Argentine delegates met with faculty from the Yale Law School, including Jack M. Balkin, the Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment; Heather Gerken, the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law, who specializes in election law, constitutional law, and civil procedure; and Oona A. Hathaway, the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law and director of the Center for Global Legal Challenges.

“We are convinced that this will be the beginning of a long-term relationship that will allow us to continue to consolidate bonds between the Argentine and the American societies through education,” said Alejandro Bottan, president of AmCham.

Yale Law School, one of the world’s premier law schools, has a number of significant programs that promote the study of law in Latin America. Over the years, its activities have developed into multi-faceted programs. Most notably, these include an annual faculty seminar held in the region (known as SELA) and a student exchange between Yale Law School and top law schools in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile (titled Linkages). In addition, its Latin American lecture and book series plays an important role in Latin American legal scholarship, which is attested to by citations in leading national law journals and high court decisions, as well as, by growing citations in newspaper and magazine articles in the dynamic and expanding legal blogosphere and elsewhere.

“The AmCham-Yale Argentina Judicial Leadership Program represents an important new chapter in Yale’s long-standing engagement with Argentina and signals the enduring interest that Argentina holds for the Yale community and for all Americans,” said João Aleixo, assistant secretary for international affairs at Yale University.

AmCham represents roughly 18% of Argentina’s GDP through its members. The organization works with the government to protect member interests and promotes social responsibility, cooperation between the public and private sectors, and environmental safety.

AIEJ is a Latin America non-profit educational institution chartered in Buenos Aires in 2009 to provide the highest quality education programs for Latin American judges, court administrators, and justice ministry officials. Led by Ricardo Li Rosi, civil chamber judge, the entity looks to link technical and scientific business matters with judiciary practice.

In recent years, Yale has offered highly customized senior leadership programs to select international partners including senior cohorts of Chinese government and university officials, members of the Indian parliament, as well as Mexican judicial and business leaders. These programs build upon Yale’s tradition of educating leaders and public servants for all sectors of American society and around the world.

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