May 14, 2021 - International law scholars described how COVID-19 has challenged all political systems, discussing to what extent it has resulted in the sidelining of national legislatures, fostering more decision-making by presidential administrations in a recent discussion presented by the University of Houston Law Center's Initiative on Global Law and Policy and the University of Bologna Center for Latin American Studies.
May 13, 2021 - International legal scholars discussed how access to COVID-19 vaccines in Europe and in Latin America remains the top challenge to overcoming the pandemic in a virtual discussion hosted by the University of Houston Law Center's Initiative on Global Law and Policy (GLPA) and the University of Bologna Center for Latin American Studies.
May 10, 2021 - Shalanda H. Baker, the first-ever Deputy Director for Energy Justice at the U.S. Department of Energy, will serve as the keynote speaker at the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center's 5th Annual North American Environment, Energy, & Natural Resources Conference, which will be held virtually. The conference, "Environmental Social Governance (ESG): Major Mover Towards Sustainable Energy Future," will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
The 2020 Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests were inspired by the need to end racist violence by police and federal agents, but the movement has the much larger goal of challenging not just individual racist acts, but systemic cultural, political, legal, and economic bias in the United States. Racist violence is not an arbitrary, spontaneous series of isolated incidents, but a symptom of deep-seated historical inequalities and biases in U.S. culture and the economic system. International human rights law (IHRL) is often thought of as a system of discrete individual rights, but IHRL also imposes broad duties on states to address the root inequalities and biases that create and sustain racial injustice and racist attitudes. Understanding the nature of the underlying problems requires delving into social science, particularly the social psychology of implicit bias and the macroeconomics of racial justice.
This roundtable has two objectives. First, it will draw on diverse social science research to explore the origin and operation of systemic racism in the United States that gave rise to the BLM movement. Second, the roundtable will analyze how IHRL obligates states to address these systemic problems.”
Speakers include, in addition to Zachary D. Kaufman as moderator :
- Ahilan Arulanantham, Professor from Practice and Co-Faculty Director, Center for Immigration Law and Policy, UCLA
- Jordan Robert Axt, Assistant Professor of Psychology, McGill University and Director of Data and Methodology, Project Implicit
- Anna Spain Bradley, Professor of Law and Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, UCLA
- Reginald Noël, Economist, U.S. Department of Labor
For more information, please go to: https://www.asil.org/community/human-rights
April 9, 2021 - International law scholars discussed how the COVID-19 crisis led to a decline in trade across the world and has emphasized the need for greater collaboration amongst regions and nations in future emergencies during a virtual presentation hosted by the University of Houston Law Center’s Initiative on Global Law and Policy and the University of Bologna Center for Latin American Studies.
April 8, 2021 – Speakers agreed that while responses to the COVID-19 pandemic can lead to a future that includes an increased usage in green energy, the acceleration of climate change may also create more pandemic threats, during a virtual discussion hosted by the University of Houston Law Center's Initiative on Global Law and Policy and the University of Bologna Center for Latin American Studies.
March 4, 2021 - Experts from Colombia and Italy discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic can potentially challenge international law experts to think beyond current normative parameters and serve as a standardizing force during a virtual discussion hosted by the University of Houston Law Center's Initiative on Global Law and Policy "Constitutionalism, Trade, Social Justice, & Sustainability in the Americas: Lessons from the 2020 Global Pandemic," was the second event in a six-part series, co-sponsored by the University of Bologna Center for Latin American Studies and the American Society of International Law-Latin America Interest Group.
Feb. 24, 2021 - In a recent webinar hosted by the University of Houston Law Center's Initiative on Global Law and Policy and co-organized by the University of Bologna Center for Latin American Studies, scholars from Germany and Mexico agreed that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted vulnerable groups around the world. "The COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impact on Social Justice," was the first event in a six-part series, sponsored by the American Society of International Law.
Feb. 8, 2021 - The Initiative on Global Law and Policy for the Americas, founded by University of Houston Law Center Professor Elizabeth Trujillo, will launch by hosting a webinar series in Spring 2021 in partnership with the University of Bologna Center for Latin American Studies. The Latin America Interest Group from the American Society of International Law (ASIL-LAIG) will also co-sponsor the event.
This webinar — the fourth in the series on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) — featured a discussion of the USMCA’s chapter on the environment, which incorporates major improvements over NAFTA. Most observers agree that the new provisions, if implemented in good faith, could contribute to environmental improvements in such diverse areas as marine and forest resource management and air quality.
Dec. 16, 2020 – The University of Houston Law Center has established the Initiative on Global Law and Policy for the Americas (GLPA), aimed at uniting academics, practitioners and policy makers to develop research, coursework and collaboration in the areas of international and comparative law.