Recent News from Our Grantees
The Vance Center, in partnership with Latin Lawyer magazine, has released a survey showing the growth of pro bono practice in Latin America during the period 2012 – 2013. As in the previous year, law firms throughout the region are largely fulfilling their commitments to the Pro Bono Declaration of the Americas, with some variation from country to country, differences in participation levels correlated to law firm size, and greater participation by junior attorneys vs. more senior ones.
University of California Berkeley student Andrea Marston was awarded a Tinker Field Research Grant through Berkeley's Center for Latin American Studies in the summer of 2013 for travel throughout Bolivia's mining regions. A Ph.D. student in the department of Geography, Andrea traveled to Bolivia to test possible disssertation topics exploring the role of underground mining cooperatives in the economic and political landscape of the altiplano, the high Andean plateau that runs along the western edge of Bolivia.
The initiative is funded by the Tinker Foundation and the Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund and will be executed in partnership with the Cultural Techno-Center “Somos Pacífico”, Comfandi (the Family Credit Union of the Valle del Cauca) and Fundacion SES in Argentina.
Participants are posting live updates from the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Horizon Scan event in New Zealand at #HorizonScan.
The 1st SCAR Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science Horizon Scan assembles world leading Antarctic scientists, policy makers and visionaries to identify the most important scientific questions that should be addressed by research from the southern Polar Regions over the next two decades. For more information about the event, see the press release.
The Tinker field research grant that I received when I was a graduate student was vital for my success in obtaining significant funding to conduct my dissertation research. During the summer trip to Argentina, I began to understand the new state-society dynamic that was developing in the country, particularly with regards to the human and civil rights organizations that emerged in the late 1980s and early 1990s—a key dimension of democratization that was not well understood at the time. It is a very special feeling to know that our Center will be able to offer this program to our students.
The Challenge of Justice in the Americas: A Symposium and Workshop for Mexican and Central American Journalists will be held at American University, April 17-18, 2014.
Organized by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the event aims to provide Latin American journalists with the tools to investigate and expose lawlessness in their respective communities. The event is limited to invited guests.
The Due Process of Law Foundation’s report Law vs. Reality: The Independence and Transparency of Justice in Central America and Panama highlights the persistence of factors that hinder the judiciaries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama in effectively discharging of their roles as guarantors of equal justice and the rule of law.
What will Antarctica and the Southern Ocean look like in 2065? These questions and others will be explored at the 1st Martha T. Muse Fellows Colloquium: April 22, 2014 | Queenstown, NZ
In a new publication from the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program project on Taxation and Equality, Mexican scholar Carlos Elizondo of CIDE argues that, relative to the size of the Mexican economy, the government of Mexico takes in less tax revenue than any other member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
A new brochure developed by the Environmental Law Intitute and CEMDA, it's partner in Mexico, is intended to help educate legislators at the national, state and municipal levels to understand the 2012 constitutional reforms that guarantee the right to water. Together they will assist state and municipal governments, who are responsible for crafting appropriate legislation to fulfill this promise at the local level, in the months to come.