Events from the 2009-2010 Academic Year

Events from previous years

 

Open meeting: Latin American Politics Study Group Forum March 31, 2010

The 28th Sao Paolo Arts Biennial Brazil Studies Seminar March 24, 2010

Latin American Artists in Toronto Seminar March 23, 2010

Black CHE: The First of the "Disappeared" Film Screening March 23, 2010

Capoeira as a Spiritual Search Brazil Studies Seminar March 10, 2010

The Haitian Apocalypse and Rebirth Baptista Lecture March 4, 2010

Exhibition & fundraising sale of original Haitian art Exhibition & Fundraiser March 3 & 4, 2010

Haiti: New Paradigms for National Development – as if People Mattered Caribbean Lecture March 3, 2010

Researching Sexuality in the Americas Panel Discussion February 25, 2010

The Other Side of Jobim Brazilian Studies Seminar February 24, 2010

"Under Rich Earth" Fundraiser Film Screening February 13, 2010

Patwa and the Socio-historical Significance of Jamaican Dub Poetry Visiting Speaker February 10, 2010

Contemporary Slavery in Bahia Brazilian Seminar February 10, 2010

Rethinking Multiculturalism: Brazil, Canada and the United States Conference January 29-30, 2010

Argentina: The struggle for full protection of human rights continues Visiting Speaker January 28, 2010

CANCELLED: Afro-Brazilian activist Edna Roland speaks Baptista Lecture January 28, 2010

Afro-Brazilian Ancestralidade: Critical Perspectives on Knowledge & Development Brazilian Studies Seminar January 27, 2010

An Afternoon of Poetry Reading with Janet Naidu Visiting speaker January 21, 2010

Internship and Volunteer Opportunities for Students Workshop November 17, 2009

Communicative Feedback on Leadership in a Rural School Setting: Brazil & USA Brazil Seminar Series November 11, 2009

How to present a Conference Paper Workshop November 3, 2009

Uneven Political Development & Redistributive Politics in Brazil Visiting Speaker October 30, 2009

Governing Canadian Mining Abroad Visiting Speakers October 28, 2009

"The Indigenous View": Ethnic Activism & Audiovisual Production in Campo Grande Brazil Seminar Series October 28, 2009

The History of Cuban Culture through Documentary Film Visiting Speaker October 27, 2009

Climate Change and Rural Vulnerabilities in Northern Chile: The Elqui River Basin Visiting Speaker October 22, 2009

Origins & Early Development of Modern Cuban Painting: La Vanguardia Visiting Speaker October 21, 2009

Fierce Light Meets Transforming Power Visiting Speakers October 21, 2009

Hearing Lomax Hearing Haiti: Editing the 'Alan Lomax in Haiti' Collection Caribbean Lecture October 20, 2009

Brazil and Nuclear Energy: History and Recent Events Brazil Seminar Series October 7, 2009

Indigenous and Popular Resistance to Gold Mining in Guatemala & Honduras Visiting Speakers October 7, 2009

Intelligence Agency Surveillance of Human Rights Lawyers and Defenders in Colombia Visiting Speaker September 19, 2009

 

 

 


 

 

Latin American Politics Study Group

 

Join us in our first meeting!

 

Weds March 31
3:00 PM
Conference Centre,
5th Floor YRT (York Research Tower)

 

 

We invite you to a meeting to discuss the creation of a thematic study group on contemporary Latin American politics.

 

Our aim is to create an interdisciplinary space in which to share our research and political concerns related to:

• neoliberal hegemony in the region,
• the turn to the left,
• the relationships between left and center-left governments and social movements,
• key public policy areas, and
• the recent re-emergence of the right

among other topics.

 

Please let us know if you plan to attend:

Ruth Felder, Political Science - felder_ruth@yahoo.com.ar
Paulo Ravecca , Political Science - paulorav@yorku.ca

 

Strong challenges to neoliberal orthodoxy have emerged in the region in the past decade, including the rise of powerful social movements and the so-called “pink tide” policies stemming from the electoral victories of left and center-left governments. Much debate and renewed analytic effort is required to understand this increasingly complex political landscape and the uncertain longer-term outcomes recent developments may bring about. Arguably, these recent developments may produce post-neoliberal development models, renewed neoliberalism, or authoritarian setbacks.

 

Recent critical analyses of Latin American politics have highlighted several dimensions --culture, religious practices, indigenous communities and their relation with “nature,” power relations in everyday life, etc.—that were generally absent in traditional approaches. However, while shedding new light on important aspects of Latin American politics, these new perspectives tend to ignore economic, political and institutional factors that to a large extent shape Latin American societies and, as a result, they offer oversimplified understandings or even a “progressive” re-exotization of the region.

 

Political analysis is especially relevant today as Latin America undergoes dramatic changes that will affect the future of the region and its people in ways still unknown. As a starting point, such analysis must acknowledge that existing political institutions--such as the state, political parties, democracy, etc.--are not mere “western” impositions but have rather emerged historically as the product of complex balances of forces, conflicts, and popular struggles in the region.


 

 

CERIS – The Ontario Metropolis Centre, Community Arts Practice @York (CAP), and CERLAC

Present

 

a Public Seminar

 

Latin American Artists in Toronto:
Immigrants and Artists at Wor
k

 

March 23, 2010

12:30 - 2:00 pm

Conference Center, 5th floor, York Research Tower

York University

Image: Detail of mural by Rodrigo Barreda

Moderators:

Deborah Barndt, Environmental Studies and CAP
Luin Goldring, Sociology, CERLAC and CERIS

 

Panelists:

Rodrigo Barreda, Latin American Canadian Art Projects

Alberto Guevara, CAP Coordinator, Fine Arts
Mayahuel Tecozautla, MFA Dance, Fine Arts


At the second CERIS seminar on issues related to immigrants and the arts, panelists will reflect on their work as artists in Canada, addressing:
• Challenges faced by Latin American artists working in the arts sector
• How artists negotiate their identities in their artistic production processes
• The role of funding bodies and gallery practices in shaping “immigrant art”
• How artists develop an aesthetic in the context of Canadian multicultural policy
• Contrasts between artistic production cultures “here” and “there”

 

This seminar is free and open to the public.

More info

 

Please RSVP to ceris.reception@utoronto.ca or call (416) 946-3110


 

Read here an interview (in Spanish) with the film's producer and director, from the Argentine periodical Pagína 12.

 

“NEGRO CHE”: A SUMMARY

 

Many Argentines, if you ask, will tell you: ‘In Argentina there are no black people.’ “NEGRO CHE” unearths the hidden history of black people in Argentina and their contributions to Argentine culture and society, from the slaves who fought in the revolutionary wars against Spain, to the contemporary struggles of black Argentines against racism and marginalization. The film is mostly based on interviews with black Argentines from a variety of backgrounds and provides a counter-narrative to the national myth of Argentina’s exclusively European heritage.

 

In fact, the first Argentine president, Bernardino Rivadavia, was of African descent. This documentary details black Argentines’ important participation in the revolutionary wars and shows how tango, a touchstone for Argentine national identity, is rooted in milonga, candombe, canyengue, and other musical and dance forms of 19th century black Argentines.

 

“NEGRO CHE” exposes how the whitewashing of the Argentine self-image came about during the 19th century. Drafting of blacks for the wars of independence (1810-1816), the bloody war with Paraguay (1865-1870), the civil wars (1820-1853), their quarantining during the yellow fever epidemics (1871), as well as miscegenation diminished the black population, spreading African blood throughout the Argentine population, including those who now consider themselves “white.”


But the descendants of the first black Argentines live on, their numbers bolstered by black immigration from Cape Verde in the early 20th century, and in the last 10 years, from West Africa.

 

These immigrants have made their own contributions and faced their own challenges in Argentine society.

 

“NEGRO CHE” responds to contemporary racism and marginalization by presenting the voices of individual Afro-argentines, who recount their experiences of workplace discrimination, skinhead violence, the difficulty of interracial relationships, the double burden of black women, and the dangerous internalization of stereotypes by black Argentines themselves.

 

“NEGRO CHE” provides an important challenge to the marginalization of blacks in Argentine official history by rescuing the story of Argentina’s black cultural legacy from oblivion. It is also a gripping tale of the ways in which individual black Argentines have resisted and coped with everyday racism and are claiming their rightful place within Argentine history and culture.

 

RECOMMENDED READINGS:

Los afroargentinos de Buenos Aires. Andrew, George Reid 1989

Afroargentinos Hoy: invisibilización, identidad y movilización social.
Marta Maffia y Gladys Lechini (compiladoras)

 

 

 


 

Brazilian Studies Seminar

 

The 28th Sao Paulo Art Biennial

and the Case of the Empty Second Floor

a presentation by photographic artist and art exhibition cultural manager

Valentine Moreno

 

March 24th, 2010

12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
830 York Research Tower

The Sao Paulo Art Biennial is Latin America’s largest and the world’s second oldest international art exhibition, gathering artists, curators, critics, scholars, and museum and gallery directors to exhibit and discuss contemporary art. Entitled In Living Contact and on view in 2008, the 28th São Paulo Art Biennial generated a great deal of controversy when the event’s curators decided to leave the Biennial pavilion’s second floor — a 1200 square meters space — entirely empty.

The controversy culminated with 40 graffiti artists invading the Biennial’s opening event and spray-tagging the empty floor, an act handled as vandalism and the police acted violently against the supposed criminals. A female young artist was arrested and accused of destruction of cultural patrimony. Her arrest initiated a broader discussion among artists, curators, and politicians regarding the access of diverse social groups to international art events such as the Biennial.

This paper analyses the controversial events happened at this 28th Biennial, focusing on access to representation in the institutionalized environment of the exhibition. It explores how the case is been handled by the events stakeholders (artistic community, the police, and the federal government) and the different manners in which this discussion may offer multiple perspectives on concepts of architecture of representation and access to the so-called public spaces and public artistic events.

 

Valentine Moreno was born in Sao Paulo, where she obtained a BA in Photographic Art and Culture at Senac University in 2006. Since 2001, Moreno has worked as a cultural manager, organizing contemporary art exhibitions and cultural events in partnership with cultural institutions. She was recently selected as the Venice Apprentice, assisting with the installation of the Canada Pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale. She is currently an MA student in Museum Studies at the University of Toronto, researching the relationship between contemporary art practices and the museum institutional space.

 

Visit the Brazil Studies Seminar webpage

 

 

 


BSS Seminar

 

Capoeira Learning as a Spiritual Search

with

Marcio Moraes Mendes

Brazilian capoeira teacher

March 10, 2010

12.30 to 2:00 pm
Room 830, York Research Tower, York University


Marcio will present on his forthcoming book My such Capuera, a romance and an autobiography that explores capoeira as the basis of an internal spiritual search.

Marcio Moraes Mendes is from Belem, Brazil, and learned Capoeira from the Master Bezerra, a pioneer in Capoeira Teaching in Belem. Marcio taught Capoeira at the Federal University of Para, at York University, at University of Toronto, at Ryerson University, at University of West Indias and at the YMCA. He has conducted workshops in France, Portugal, Trinidad and Tobago and in the UK. He owns a Capoeira School in Toronto, Canada, called Escola de Capuera Angola. He is also a York University student at the Department of Philosophy.

 


 

 

NOTE: This lecture will be accompanied by an exhibition & sale of original Haitian art. Following the lecture, some of the pieces will be sold by silent auction, with all proceeds supporting a charitable cause in Haiti. (For more information on the art and the cause to be supported by its sale, scroll down; also, see the March 4 event webpage - link provided below.)

 

Prof. Bellegarde-Smith will also deliver the 2010 Michael Baptista Lecture

THE HAITIAN APOCALYPSE AND REBIRTH

on March 4. Visit the event webpage for more information

about that lecture, the lecturer, and the issues under debate with which he will engage.

Co-sponsored by
The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples, Founders College, Vanier College, New College, McLaughlin College, Winters College, Stong College,
the Departments of Humanities and History
and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) programme
at York University

and A Different Booklist bookstore

 

More information: cerlac@yorku.ca

 


 

Information on the Children in Crisis bibliotherapy and Creole literacy project of IBBY Haiti (Ayibbi) available here.

 

Visit the websites of

Arte Del Pueblo

Caribbean Studies at U of T

A Different Booklist

 


 

Download Paulo Ravecca's full paper here.

 


 

 

CERLAC & The Brazilian Studies Seminar

present

The Other Side of Jobim:

Why have Jobim's popular songs overshadowed this classical works?

 

with

Maria Farinha

Brazilian music composer, vocalist, producer and teacher

February 24, 2010

12.30 to 2 pm

Room 830 York Research Tower

York University

 

Any attempt to theorize about Antonio Carlos Jobim’s compositions will necessarily discuss the relationship between music revolution and politics in modern Brazil. This presentation establishes the trajectory of Jobim as a classical and popular composer dating from the period before the onset of Bossa Nova, more specifically, between 1953 and 1960. Antonio Carlos Jobim was one of the Brazilian classical musicians that bended his career to popular music due to his frustrations and ambitions in the field of classical music. Furthermore, this presentation attempts to expose the concept of Jobim’s music and the intricacies of his trajectory in a critical and sociological perspective.

The International Jazz Award nominee (June 2008-California), Maria Farinha is internationally recognised as one of the foremost singers of Brazilian Jazz and Bossa Nova. A native of Sao Paulo, she began to soar in the late 1980s with the rise of her new blended, hybrid style of Brazilian Music. She has a BA in Music performance, an MA in Music Composition, and she is a PhD candidate in music at York University. She studied at Berklee College of Music, and University of South Florida. Pre-eminent in Brazil and USA for more than 25 years, Farinha is recognised world-wide as one of The Best Brazilian Divas and one of The Best Latin Divas (Mark Holston for Hispanic Magazine - California, USA). She has recorded and released 4 acclaimed albums in USA and Brazil. She is now working on releasing a new album in Canada in 2010.


 

 


 

BRAZILIAN STUDIES SEMINAR


Where is the 13th of May for those who work in cacao?

Contemporary slavery in Bahia

 

a presentation by

Brazilianist and Canadian lawyer Frank Luce

 

February 10, 2010

12:30 to 2:00 pm

York Research Tower, room 830

York University

 

Slavery was formally abolished in Brazil on the 13th of May 13, 1888, but rural workers were subjected to contemporary forms of slavery during the century which followed. In the cacao region of Bahia, debt bondage was prominent in Jorge Amado’s narrative of working class life. However, during the Fourth Republic (1945-1964), cacao workers in the municipalities of Ilhéus and Itabuna joined an agrarian social movement which was led by rural unions and the Peasant Leagues to demand labour rights and land reform. In 1963 the trabalhista government of João Goulart incorporated rural workers into the CLT (the labour regime of Getulio Vargas) but when Goulart promised to institute land reform he was overthrown by a military coup two weeks later, on March 31, 1964. The military retained power until 1985 when a pro-democracy movement forced a return to civilian rule.What was the relation between rural workers and the dictatorship? What role did Vargas’s labour law play in the emergence of a rural union movement (affiliated with the CUT) and a movement of landless peasants (the MST) which joined the pro-democracy movement? This presentation will address this history from the perspective of the relation between rural workers and the Brazilian state.

 

Frank Luce recently completed a PhD at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, and has extensive professional experience as a labour lawyer and in international development. Having completed a doctoral dissertation on the history of labour law in Brazil and a master’s thesis on the history of labour law in Angola, his current research interests include a comparative study of rural workers in Angola and Brazil.


 


 

 

 

RedLEIDH, a joint project led by CERLAC and Osgoode Hall Law School,
invites you to a Public Lecture

(lunch provided; rsvp requested)

Argentina:
The Struggle for the Full Protection

of Human Rights Continues


Implications for the Hemisphere

 

with speaker

Diego Ramón Morales, CELS (Argentina)

 

Thursday, January 28, 2010
1 pm – 2:30 pm


Founders Senior Common Room

305 Founders College
York University


Mr. Morales will discuss the work of CELS (Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales), one of the oldest human rights NGOs in Argentina, and an organization which continues to play a vital role in Argentine civil society.

He will focus on three areas of CELS’ work: The Argentine process of seeking truth and justice against state terrorism, including present legal struggles to hold to account military leaders responsible for atrocities during the 1976-1981 dictatorship; recent debates regarding freedom of speech; and also advances and challenges regarding the rights of labour unions in Argentina.

This presentation will highlight lessons learned in the context of Argentina, and will be of particular interest to those monitoring the progress in terms of human rights in the region, and to those involved in the struggle for social justice throughout the hemisphere.

 

Diego Ramón Morales is a human rights lawyer from Argentina. He graduated from the University of Buenos Aires in 1997 and completed postgraduate studies at the University of Chile. Since 2003, Diego Morales has been the Director of Litigation and Legal Defence at the Centre for Legal and Social Studies (CELS - Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales). Also, Mr. Morales is the CELS representative to the Board of Directors of the Latin American Human Rights Education and Research Network (RedLEIDH), a five-year CIDA funded project co-led by York University’s Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) and Osgoode Hall Law School.


CELS is an NGO which works for the protection and promotion of human rights, and for the strengthening of the democratic system in Argentina and throughout the region. CELS was founded in 1979, thus being one of the few NGOs established in Argentina directly in the face of the military dictatorship to defend human rights. Using litigation for public interest, research, and public education, CELS continues its work of denouncing human rights violations, stimulating the development of public policy which reflects fundamental human rights, and promotingthe full exercise of these rights by the most vulnerable classes of society.

RSVP to: redleidh@yorku.ca

 


 

 

BSS Bi-Weekly Seminar

with

Brazilian Professor and Sociologist
Alexandre Emboaba da Costa

Afro-Brazilian Ancestralidade:

Critical Perspectives on Knowledge and
Development

 

JAN 27, from 12.30 to 2pm,
Room 830, York Research Tower, York Universit
y

 

His presentation analyzes the case of an Afro-Brazilian cultural center that mobilizes ancestralidade (ancestrality) as a form of critical knowledge. Rather than revaluing "race" as "tradition" or conduit for folklorization, commodification, and ideologies of racial democracy, ancestralidade shapes a dynamic political practice that contests the hierarchical valuing of knowledge within capitalism and its implications for contemporary racial inequality. He analyzes the center's carnaval afoxé and efforts to restructure school curriculum to highlight the "past" of racialized capitalism and ancestral memory as each contemporary projects that demonstrate the contested meaning of culture and development.

 

Alex Da Costa received his PhD from the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. His research examines how Afro-descendants in Brazil and Latin America mobilize culture and knowledge to challenge the inequalities produced through the diverse intersections of "race" and development. In winter term 2010, he will be teaching a seminar entitled "Race in Development" at the Department of Global Development Studies at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. His contact is
alexandre.dacosta@queensu.ca

 

BSS bi-weekly seminar on FEBRUARY 10 will welcome a Brazilianist and Canadian Lawyer Frank Luca, who will present on Where is the 13th of May for those who will present on "Where is the 13th of May for those who work in cacao?: contemporary slavery in Bahia."

 

See the Brazilian Studies Seminar website for more BSS events

 

 

 



 

 

 


 

CERLAC PRESENTS

 

How to Present a Conference Paper

 

A Workshop

with CERLAC Fellow

 

Judy Hellman

Professor of Political Science, Social and Political Thought, International Development
Studies and Women’s Studies, York University

 

Back by popular demand, Judy Hellman will animate a workshop for graduate students

on how to present a conference paper in an engaging and effective manner.

 

 

Tuesday November 3, 2009
2:00 – 4:00 pm


Conference Centre, 5th Floor York Research Tower
York University

More information: cerlac@yorku.ca

 


 





 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

CERLAC presents

 

Climate Change & Rural Vulnerabilities

in Northern Chile:

The Elqui River Basin

 

with visiting speaker and CERLAC Fellow

Dr Harry Polo Diaz

There is mounting evidence that climate change will increasingly impact large areas of Latin America, affecting people’s livelihoods and important natural resources such as water. These impacts will make rural people disproportionately more vulnerable, given their dependency on natural resources and their exposure to other stressors, such as globalization and restricted fiscal policies. Climate change, however, could also bring new opportunities, such as the expansion of cultivated areas.

 

This presentation focuses on rural vulnerabilities to climate variability in the Elqui river basin in Northern Chile. Following the vulnerability approach, the presentation discusses (a) the present exposures, sensitivities, and adaptive capacities of different rural producers in the basin to present and past climate variations and their impacts on local water resources; (b) the existing institutional capacities to reduce these vulnerabilities in the context of new climate conditions, and (c) the expected vulnerabilities in the context of the projected climate change scenarios for the region.

Thursday 22 October 2009

2:30 - 4:00 pm

956 York Research Tower

York University

 

Harry Polo Diaz is Professor of Sociology and Social Studies and Director of the Canadian Plains Research Center (CPRC) at the University of Regina. His main current research interests are adaptation and vulnerability to climate change, water scarcities, and water governance in Canada and Latin America. Polo is currently leading a major research project on institutional adaptations to climate change focusing on dryland communities in the prairies of Canada and in Chile and participating in a similar international comparative study in Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Brazil and Nuclear Energy:

History and Recent Events

October 7th, 2009

12:30pm-2pm

956 York Research Tower

 

Professor Guilhermina Lavos Coimbra will analyze the history of nuclear energy in Brazil
and the current situation of energy rationing due to drought and the Kyoto Protocol.



 

 

Indigenous and Popular Resistance to Gold Mining
in Guatemala & Honduras

Rights Action Speaking Tour

 

Wednesday October 7, 2009

12:30 pm -2:30 pm

Moot Court at Osgoode Hall Law School

 

 

Join us to hear Karen Spring, a volunteer with Rights Action who has been working for the past two years with communities in Guatemala and Honduras,supporting them in their resistance efforts against extractive resource firms that are mining in their communities. Following Karen's multimedia presentation, Professors Shin Imai and David Szablowski will provide comment on the related indigenous rights and transnational regulatory issues. We welcome a diverse audience to contribute to the discussion.

 

Key issues and questions we hope to address include:

* What are the environmental and health harms, and the human, indigenous and land rights violations that have been caused by Goldcorp Inca’s open pit, cyanide leach mines in Honduras and Guatemala?
* Who are the people and communities most negatively impacted by this gold mining?
* What are they doing to resist these large-scale development projects?
* What is their vision of development?
* Who are the investors in and supporters of this type of global, corporate development?
* What can North Americans do to support local communities in their struggles for equality based development and respect for Mother Earth?
* How would the passing of Bill c-300 change the rules for Canadian mining corporations operating abroad?
* How might international governance mechanisms, such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, provide relief to communities, particularly indigenous communities, suffering negative impacts from mining operations?
* Have there been precedents for this?
* Would voluntary corporate governance frameworks, such as Corporate Social Responsibility guidelines, provide redress for the affected communities and provide Canadian shareholders with greater assurance that business is being conducted in a manner that respects human rights?
* What legal 'gaps' exist, leaving communities to suffer the abuses detailed by the speaker? How might the law be changed to address these issues?

 

Background Information:


Rights Action has worked in and supported grassroots indigenous and campesino movements in Guatemala, since the 1980s, and in Honduras since Hurricane Mitch devastated the country in 1998. One issue it has worked on, over the past years, is supporting local resistance to the environmental and health harms, and the human, indigenous and land rights violations caused by global mining companies, particularly the Canadian gold mining giant Goldcorp Inc., that operates open-pit, cyanide-leach mines in Honduras and Guatemala. In their work, Rights Action pays particular attention to the policies and actions of the governments of Canada and the United States that directly support North American resource extraction companies like Goldcorp Inc.

During his time at Osgoode, Shin Imai has served as Director of the Intensive Program in Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Governments, Co-Director of the Latin American Human Rights Research and Education Network, Academic Director of the Intensive Program in Poverty Law at Parkdale Community Legal Services, and as Director of Clinical Education for the Law School. His research interests are Aboriginal law in Canada, indigenous rights in Latin America, alternative dispute resolution and clinical legal education. Professor Imai received Osgoode's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004 and 2007.

As a professor in the Law and Society program, David Szaslowski works in the areas of globalization and the law, and socio-legal studies, specifically domestic, international and transnational legal authorities. Having conducted research in across Latin America, in 2007 he published Transnational Law and Local Struggles: Mining, Communities and the World Bank. He has lived and taught in the Horn of Africa and has recently been engaged in a project examining the operationalization of emerging transnational norms requiring informed consent or consultation for extractive industry development on indigenous territory.

Sponsored by:


Co-sponsored by:

SPINLAW

Osgoode Indigenous Students Association (OISA)

and the Center for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC)

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Intelligence Agency Surveillance

of Human Rights Lawyers and

Defenders in Colombia

 

with Dory Lucy Arias
of the José Alvéar Restrepo Lawyers' Collective (CAJAR)

 

Friday, September 11, 2009

12:45 – 2:30

 

Dora Lucy Arias is a human rights litigator who works for the José Alvéar Restrepo Lawyers' Collective (best known under its Spanish acronym "CAJAR", www.colectivodeabogados.org). The CAJAR is one of the very few legal organizations fully dedicated to the fight against impunity in Colombia. Dora Lucy has years of experience representing individual victims and vulnerable communities before national courts, as well as international mechanisms such as the those of the Inter-American Human Rights system. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Eduardo Umaña Mendoza Colombian Human Rights Lawyers Association (Asociación Colombiana de Abogados Defensores Eduardo Umaña Mendoza - ACADEUM), a non-profit organization which brings together human rights lawyers from across Colombia and whose main purpose is to address the threats, attacks and intimidation faced by HR lawyers in Colombia. In the absence of a nationwide bar association, most lawyers in lawyers have no one to turn to for protection and support other than CAJAR and ACADEUM.

 

CAJAR lawyers have been accused on many occasions by government officials of siding with the guerrillas in Colombia only because they agreed to represent before people who had been brought to trial because they held political views different to that of the government. A few months ago, news emerged that Colombia’s main intelligence agency, the Administrative Department of Security (DAS), had carried out over several months far-reaching wiretapping operations against a wide range of public figures who were known not to agree with governmental policies, including the CAJAR. This will be the focus of Dory Lucy’s talk on Friday. Me Dora Lucy Arias, an experienced litigator and senior associate of the CAJAR, would be please to share her experience with legal practitioners and the academia from Ontario.


Ms Lucy’s visit is sponsored by Lawyers without Borders Canada (LWBC), a non-profit organization dedicated to the defense and promotion of human rights. LWBC and the CAJAR are currently supporting various indigenous communities in Colombia, through training and litigation.

Sponsored by:

Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security


in association with:

RedLEIDH (the Latin American Human Rights Education and Research Network – a
collaboration of Osgoode Hall Law School and CERLAC)

 

 


 

 


 

 

 
 
 

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