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September 16, 2005

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Professor Patricia Hansen's Rule of Law Course Videoconferences Mexico City, Austin

Photo of Professor Patricia I. Hansen
Professor Patricia I. Hansen
Photo Credit: Wyatt McSpadden

AUSTIN, Texas—This semester, Patricia I. Hansen, UT Law's J. Waddy Bullion Professor, is teaching “Democracy, Accountability and the Rule of Law in the Americas." The class meets weekly in real-time video-conferencing sessions with a concurrent seminar offered by John Ackerman at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Mexico City. The sessions include presentations by guest speakers from government agencies in Mexico and Brazil, and scholars in law, political science, sociology, and journalism from UT, FLACSO, and other universities.

The seminar was inaugurated with a conference bringing legal scholars from the U.S. and Mexico together in Austin to discuss “Accountability and the Rule of Law in Mexico on the Threshold of the 2006 Elections.” The conference, which was held at UT Law’s Eidman Courtroom on Sept. 8-9, was webcast live and is archived here.

In addition, Professor Hansen will also speak at a second conference on “Current Legal Developments in U.S.-Mexico Trade and Investment,” which will be held in Mexico City at the Camino Real Hotel on Sept. 29-Oct. 1. This conference is co-sponsored with UT Continuing Legal Education (UTCLE) and the U.S.-Mexico Bar Association.

Professor Hansen (JD, Yale; MPA, Princeton) has taught at The University of Texas School of Law since 1994. She currently holds the J. Waddy Bullion Professorship in Law and is Director of the dual degree program in Law and Latin American Studies. A leading scholar in the area of international economic law, Professor Hansen has published numerous articles on the interplay between international economic law and environmental and consumer protection and dispute settlement in regional trade agreements. She has also done significant work on projects aimed at strengthening the rule of law in Latin America, and is a member of the American Law Institute and the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Mexico Bar Association. She teaches courses on international trade; NAFTA; federal civil procedure; and legal and political reform in Latin America. Prior to joining the UT faculty, Professor Hansen clerked for John Porfilio of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, and worked for five years as a litigator at the law firm of Shea & Gardner in Washington, D.C.

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Audio: “Accountability and the Rule of Law in Mexico on the Threshold of the 2006 Elections”

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