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Feb. 13, 2004

Press Contact: Allegra Young, (512) 471-7330

Public Lecture, Feb. 19: César Jáuregui, Vice President of the Mexican Senate,
on "Political Change in Mexico"

What: Free lecture in Spanish with translation
Where: Jeffers Courtroom, School of Law (Townes Hall 3.140)
When: Thursday February 19, 4 pm
Who: The University community and general public are welcome

AUSTIN, Texas—Today The University of Texas at Austin School of Law announced that Sergio César Jáuregui Robles, Vice President of Mexican Senate, will deliver the lecture "Political Change in Mexico." Senator Jáuregui is the Vice President of the Senate in Mexico and has been involved in most of the major legal and political reforms in the last three years. The lecture will be held on the third level of Townes Hall, in the Jeffers Courtroom (see map below). Admission to the speech, which will be delivered in Spanish with a translation by Professor Manuel González Oropeza, is free and open to the public.

Jáuregui is a high profile politician who since 1981 has been a member of the Partido de Accion Nacional (PAN)(National Action Party), the leading Mexican opposition party founded in 1939. In 2000, PAN defeated the long-ruling majority party, the PRI. Since 2000, Jáuregui has served as a senator from Chihuahua in the 58th and 59th legislatures.

Senator Jáuregu was jointly invited by Professor Manuel González Oropeza, a visiting law professor from U.N.A.M. (Mexico's national university), and by Professor Peter M. Ward, the director of UT-Austin's Mexican Center, who also holds the C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair in US-Mexico Relations.

On behalf of the Law School and the Mexican Center of LLILAS, Drs. González Oropeza and Ward will also be hosting visits by Guillermo Chávez on April 8 and Sergio García Ramírez on April 14. Chávez is a water engineer expert who will discuss important Texas/Mexico border water law issues. Ramírez is the Chief Judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the former Attorney General for the Mexican government. He will give an informal talk about the death penalty before International Courts, reviewing the recent International court resolutions on death penalty. Both events are planned to be free and open to the public.

Related links:
UT-Austin's Mexican Center: http://web.austin.utexas.edu/cola/contacts.cfm?unitKey=mas
Map to Jeffers Courtroom: http://www.utexas.edu/law/about/maps/index.php?level=3