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March 16, 2005

Press Contact:
Jodi Bart, UT Law Communications, (512) 471-7330.
Event Contact: Maria Summers, UT’s Mexican Center, (512) 232-2423 or mexctr@uts.cc.utexas.edu.

President of the Universidad de las Americas in Mexico City to Speak at UT Law

Speech co-sponsored by UT’s Mexican Center and the School of Law

WHO: Dr. Alejandro Gertz Manero, President of the Universidad de las Americas in Mexico City.
WHAT: Speech (in English) on “Security and Justice in Mexico” followed by Q&A.
WHERE: UT School of Law, Eidman Courtroom
WHEN: Wed., March 23, 2005; 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
ATTENDANCE: Free and open to the public.

Streaming Video of the Dr. Gertz Manero Speech Now Available in Windows Media Format: http://realaudio.cc.utexas.edu:8080/asxgen/law/depts/media/Reels/ILAS/Manero3-23.wmv
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AUSTIN, Texas — Dr. Alejandro Gertz Manero, current President of the Universidad de las Americas in Mexico City and former Secretary of Federal Public Security for Mexico will speak (in English) at The University of Texas School of Law’s Eidman Courtroom on Wed., March 23 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Peter Ward, C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair in US-Mexico Relations and Director of the Mexican Center, will give opening remarks. This event is co-sponsored by UT’s Mexican Center and the Law School. It is also part of the UT Global Challenge Initiative’s International Speaker Series.

In his speech, “Security and Justice in Mexico” Dr. Gertz Manero will discuss the security problems of Juárez, Polleros, and drug trafficking. Additionally, he will address the lack of police funding at all levels of government and the bureaucracy of the judicial system. The speech will conclude with Dr. Gertz Manero’s solutions to these problems which includes police funding at all levels, a speedy and fair justice system, and a neighborhood police system for all of Mexico.

About Dr. Gertz Manero

Dr. Gertz Manero has been President of the Universidad de las Américas since 1995. He recently retired from his position as Secretary of Federal Public Security in President Vicente Fox’s administration (2000-2004). His background includes Secretary of Public Security of Mexico City (1998-2000), Federal Attorney General for the Defense of Employment (1977-1982), National Coordinator of the Campaign Against Drug Trafficking (1975-1976), and General Secretary of the Institute of Anthropology and History (1970-1971).

Gertz Manero has been a professor at the following Mexican universities: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México -UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico), Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México - ITAM (Technological Autonomous Institute of Mexico), Universidad Anahuac -UA (Anahuac University) and the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia -INAH (Institute of Anthropology and History).

As a writer, he has collaborated as editorialist with the newspaper El Universal and has written many books including: Mexico-United States, Compared Development during the Twentieth Century (2004); Mexico, Profile of a Hidden Face (1992); Biography of Ignacio Allende; Anthology of the Philosophy of John F. Kennedy and Biography of Guillermo Prieto.

He received his B.A. in Law from the Escuela Libre de Derecho (Free School of Law) in 1962 and his J.D. from the Law Faculty of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) in 1971. He obtained an English Diploma from the School of General Studies at Columbia University, and in 1998 received a Doctor of Law Degree from Mount Union College.

Related Links:
Mexican Center: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/insts/llilas/centers-and-programs/mexico/overview.php
UT Global Challenge Initiative’s International Speaker Series: http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/news/fall2004/gci.html
Office of Graduate Studies: http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/