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August 23, 2004

Press Contacts: Kirston Fortune, UT Law, (512) 232-1229 or Jodi Bart, UT Law, (512) 471-7330
Event/Press Contact: Maria Summers, the Mexican Center of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies (LLILAS), 512-232-2423

Conference on Indigenous Rights and Indigenous Law in Mexico, Aug. 27-28

WHAT: Indigenous Rights and Indigenous Law in Mexico: Chiapas Plus 10
WHEN: Aug. 27-28, 8:45 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. (Friday) and 9:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. (Saturday)
WHERE: Eidman Courtroom, Connally Center for Justice (CCJ), UT Austin School of Law. (For directions to and parking near the Law School see http://www.utexas.edu/law/about/maps/.)
WHO: The conference is free, open to the public and the University community.
WEB CAST: A live web cast began Aug. 27 and 28 at 8:45 a.m. C.S.T.

Archived Webcast (streaming video)

AUSTIN, Texas — Scholars and public officials from the United States and Mexico will examine the constitutional changes and new laws enacted in the years following the Zapatista uprising in Mexico on Aug. 27-28 at a conference held at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law.

Presented by the Mexican Center of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies (LLILAS) and the Law School, the conference, “Indigenous Rights and Indigenous Law in Mexico: Chiapas Plus 10,” is free and open to the public.

It will be conducted in English and Spanish with simultaneous translations. The live web cast will be in original language with no translations.

Speakers will include faculty members from several American and Mexican universities and public officials from Mexico. The debate will focus on new legislation and programs at the local level in the Mexican states of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Veracruz. The purpose is to assess what progress has been made in the enactment and implementation of legislation to advance indigenous population rights, their guarantees and territorial representation since the uprising 10 years ago. Manuel Gonzalez-Oropeza, a law professor from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and a regular visiting scholar at the UT Austin School of Law will participate in the conference.

For more details about the conference including a conference schedule including speakers, please go to the calendar page of the Mexican Center of LLILAS at The University of Texas at Austin:
http://lanic.utexas.edu/project/etext/llilas/calarc/pdfs/Cal0405.01.08.30-09.05.pdf.

The conference is sponsored by the Mexican Center of LLILAS in the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Law, the Office of Graduate Studies and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost at The University of Texas at Austin, and the Comisión Veracruzana de Comercialización Agropecuaria del Estado de Veracruz.

For additional information contact Maria Summers, the Mexican Center of LLILAS, at mexctr@uts.cc.utexas.edu, or read events at The Mexican Center at http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/llilas/events/upcoming.php.



Streaming Video of the Conference on Indigenous Law in Mexico in Windows Media Format
The player is included with Microsoft Windows, but you can also
download a free copy.

Video Name Description
Keynote Speech Xochitl Galvez Ruiz, Mexico's Cabinet Secretary for Indigenous Development (en Español)
Part One  
Part Two  
Part Three  
Part Four