Law and Economic Development in Latin America: A Comparative Approach to Legal Reform

2007 Chicago-Kent Law Review Live Symposium

Symposium Editors

Professor Thomas H. Hill, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Professor Richard Warner, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Chicago-Kent College of Law
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, Illinois 60661
April 13–14, 2007

This symposium brings together leading academics from both law and economics, as well as policy makers and business leaders who work in or with Latin America, to identify and analyze some of the critical problems that confront Latin America today. The goal is to have each speaker present ideas, analysis and critical thinking drawing on his or her unique experience and scholarship, then to generate a spirited dialogue with the other participants (and the audience) with a view to gaining new insights and perspectives. At the same time, we hope to spawn a dynamic in this symposium in which practice will inform theory and theory will illuminate practice.

Our speakers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, locations, experiences and scholarship. This diversity is reflected in their choice of topics. These include such wide-ranging fields as the foreign policy of the Washington establishment, corporate governance, secured transactions, emerging market debt, the insidious effects of corruption, free trade, and property rights in times of economic crisis. In addition, several participants will speak on anti-competition law and the special role it can play in developing economies. The presentations will take a comparative approach by juxtaposing legal reform and economic experience from two or more countries.

Our hope is that following these two days of a free-flowing exchange of ideas, both speakers and audience will take away new ideas and new inspirations for their work and to their home institutions.

Schedule – Day One

8:30am–9:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast Room 590
9:00am–9:15am Opening Remarks Room 590
9:15am–10:15am Panel 1 Room 590
10:15am–10:30am Break
10:30am–12:45pm Panel 2 Room 590
12:45pm–2:00pm Lunch Morris Hall
2:00pm–3:00pm Panel 3 Room 590
3:00pm–3:15pm Break
3:15pm–4:45pm Panel 4 Room 590
3:15pm–4:45pm Cocktail Reception

Panel Participants

Panel 1

D. Daniel Sokol, Hastie Fellow, University of Wisconsin Law School
Trade Liberalization, Competition Policy and Free Trade Agreements in the Latin American Context

Alejandro Garro, Adjunct Professor of Law, Columbia University School of Law
Development and Access to Credit: The Law of Secured Transactions in Latin America

Panel 2

James Jones, Partner, Manat, Phelps & Phillips LLP
Open Markets, Competitive Democracy and Transparent and Reliable Legal Systems: The Three Legs of Development

Anna Gelpern, Associate Professor of Law, Rutgers University School of Law
Domestic Bonds, Credit Derivatives and the Next Transformation of Sovereign Debt

Claire Hill, Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School
Trust, Money and Contracting in Latin America

David Gerber, Distinguished Professor of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Recent Changes in Competition Law 

Panel 3

Eduardo Perez Motta, Director, Federal Antitrust Commission, Mexico
Industrial Policy and Competition Law in Mexico

R. Shyam Khemani, Competition Policy Advisor, The World Bank
Competition Policy and Promotion of Investment and Pro-Poor Growth in Least Developed Economies

Panel 4

Ignacio de Leon, Managing Director, EconLEX Consultants
Competition Policy in Latin America: From Efficiency to Institution Building

Horacio Spector, Dean of the School of Law, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Meaning of Property in Financial Crises: Emergency Transplants from the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decisions

Antonio Vives, Senior Deputy Manager, Inter-American Development Bank
Corporate Social Responsibility: The Role of Regulation in Developing Countries

Schedule – Day Two

9:00am–9:30am Coffee Service
9:30am–10:30am Panel 1
10:30am–10:45am Break
10:45am–12:15pm Panel 2
12:15pm–12:30pm Closing Remarks

Panel Participants

Panel 1

Tade Okediji, Visiting Associate Professor, University of Minnesota
Social Fragmentation and Economic Growth

Ana Maria Alvarez, Economic Affairs Officer, UNCTAD
Competition Law and Policies in Latin America: Experiences at National and Regional Level (COMPAL and UNCTAD Research on Competition Provisions in Regional Trade Agreements)

Panel 2

Andres Roemer, Cultural Projects Director, TV Azteca, Mexico
The First “Think Tank” in Mexico: Developing Novel Approaches to Development

Juan Javier del Granado, Associate Professor of Law, American Justice School of Law
Matthew Mirow, Associate Professor of Law, Florida International University
The Future of the Economic Analysis of Law in Latin America: A Proposal for ALACDE Model Codes

Thomas Hill, Visiting Professor of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
The Eternal Battle Against Corruption: An Update on Latin America