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University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer 2014

News Briefs INTERNATIONAL JURIST SERIES The Pacific McGeorge Global Center hosted three events as part of its International Jurist Series during the 2013-2014 academic year PACI F I C L AW 9 S T E V E Y E AT E R From left: Mariana Sanchez- Aizcorbe, Tiangay Kemokai, Sonia Zaheer, Judge Diego García-Sayán and Professor Linda Carter. Judge Diego García-Sayán discussed “Emerging Democracies and Expanding Human Rights: The Essential Role of the Inter- American Court of Human Rights” with faculty and students on April 16. Distinguished Professor Linda Carter, co-director of the Global Center, introduced García-Sayán. Judge García-Sayán is currently a member of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and was its immediate past President. In his talk, he shared that in the past 10 years other courts have reopened cases and more than 50 people have been convicted because of rulings by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The remarks will be published in The Globe. García-Sayán participated in other activities during his visit to Pacific McGeorge. On April 15, he talked with faculty about how academia can help promote the work of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. He spoke to Professor Brian Landsberg’s Constitutional Law class on decisions of the court on sexual orientation rights. García-Sayán also led an afternoon workshop on April 17 on indigenous rights in Latin America when those interests conflict with extractive industries, such as oil and gas exploration. On April 25, the Global Center hosted a luncheon with Vincent Nmehielle, legal counsel to the African Union. A barrister and solicitor originally from Nigeria, Professor Nmehielle is currently on leave from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he also serves as head of the Wits Programme on Law, Justice & Development in Africa. The discussion focused on current legal, political and development issues in Africa. The series began with a meeting with Lidija Nedelkova, president of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Macedonia, and Vladimir Panchevski, chief judge of Basic Court. The visit was arranged through Judge Lawrence Brown of the Sacramento Superior Court, who had participated in a program in Macedonia with the judges and the U.S. State Department. Macedonia is transitioning to a more adversarial approach in its criminal justice system. At the Pacific McGeorge meeting, Professors Linda Carter, Emily Garcia Uhrig, Cary Bricker, Brian Landsberg and Jay Leach discussed ideas relating to comparative criminal procedure, advocacy, evidence and legal education.


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer 2014
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