Program Provides Opportunity for Law Student to Broaden His Perspectives in Chile

Published: September 18th, 2006

Category: News Briefs

Law student Jesús Suárez (2L) completed a program this summer with the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (Centro de Estudio de Justicia de las Americas / CEJA) in Santiago, Chile, researching the Jesus Suarezrelationship between judicial sector modernization and economic development, as part of the University of Florida Law & Policy in the Americas Program.

CEJA was chartered in 1999 by the General Assembly of the Organiza- tion of American States. CEJA’s mission is to study judicial systems in the Americas and to develop innovative plans for justice sector modernization.

“Chile is a modern country that is often overlooked as a place to study, live and do business,” said Suárez. “The opportunity to collaborate with attorneys, law students and other professionals from around the word helped me to broaden my global perspectives and hone my ability to communicate in legal Spanish.”

Suárez received a UF International Center (UFIC) Coca-Cola World Citizenship Program award, a fellowship designed to support graduate students working and conducting research in the developing world.

While in Chile, Suárez performed research for the legal component to the Latin American Business Environment report and presented a report surveying the role of the private sector, international arbitration and judicial reform in Chile.

Similar exchanges are available through the Law & Policy in the Americas Program in San Jose, Costa rica; Santiago, Chile; Lima, Peru; and Curitiba, Brazil, in the areas of human rights, property rights, trade, and judicial reform. Interested students are encouraged to contact Program Director Meredith Fensom at