Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Symposium Schedule

The Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas presents

Abandoning the Inquisitor: Latin America's Criminal Procedure Revolution

Friday, January 25, 2008


8:00 a.m. -
8:45 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8:45 a.m. -
8:50 a.m.


  • Ly Tran, Editor-in Chief, Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas, and Associate Dean Christopher Cameron

8:50 a.m. -
9:00 a.m.

Opening Perspectives

  • Laurence M. Rose, President, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Oral Trial Advocacy and Justice: The International Context

9:00 a.m. -
10:45 a.m.

The First Wave of Reforms

  • Dean Rogelio Pérez Perdomo, Universidad Metropolitana, Venezuela, The Inquisitor Strikes Back: Obstacles to the Reform of Criminal Procedure in Revolutionary Venezuela
  • Hon. Andrés D’Alessio, Former Procurador General and former Dean of the Law School of the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, Argentina’s Sluggish Journey Towards a Constitutional Criminal Procedure
  • Professor Luz Nagle, Stetson University College of Law and former judge in Colombia, The Shortcomings of Criminal Procedure Reform in Colombia (Professor Nagle is unable to attend. However, her paper will be presented for her during the panel.)
  • Professor Cristián Riego, Universidad Diego Portales and Academic Director, El Centro de Estudios de Justicia de las Américas (CEJA), Chile, Orality and Case Management: Innovative Aspects of the Chilean Reform


  • Martín Sabelli, Legal Director, Open Society Justice Initiative
  • Professor Austen Parrish, Southwestern Law School

10:45 a.m. -
11:00 a.m.


11:15 a.m. -
12:45 p.m.

International Influences and International Law

  • Dr. Linn Hammergren, Ph.D., Senior Public Sector Specialist for the Latin American and Caribbean Region, World Bank, Latin American Criminal Justice Reforms: Unanticipated Constraints and What We Have Learned About Overcoming Them
  • Professor Richard Wilson, Director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic, American University, Washington College of Law, University of Texas Law School, Limiting the Revolution? The Inter-American Human Rights System and the Reforms of Latin America’s Criminal Procedures
  • Hon. David Carter, Judge, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and Board Member, Federal Judicial Center, Offering Judicial Advice Abroad
  • Hon. Carlos Moreno, Justice, California Supreme Court, Avena and Medellin: The U.S. Response to the International Court of Justice and the Internationalization of Criminal Procedure


  • Associate Dean Christopher Cameron, Southwestern Law School
  • Professor Máximo Langer, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

12:45 p.m. -
2:15 p.m.

Luncheon Speaker

  • Rodger Garner, Mission Director, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Mexico, USAID’s Participation in Access to Justice

2:15 p.m. -
4:00 p.m.

The Mexican Reform Process

  • Dean Jose Antonio Caballero, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) Law School, Mexico, Orality, Due Process and Organized Crime: Reforming the Mexican Criminal Justice System in Times of Crisis
  • Hon. José Ramón Cossío Díaz, Justice, Mexican Supreme Court, Criminal Justice Reform and Fundamental Rights
  • Professor Samuel González Ruiz, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Difficulties, Challenges and Opportunities in the Reforms to Create an Accusatorial System in Mexico
  • Professor Gonzalo Reyes Salas, The Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico, Nuevo Leon as the First Step Towards an Accusatorial Criminal Justice System in Mexico
  • Lic. Carlos Ríos, Proderecho, Mexico, Redesigning Mexico’s Criminal Procedure: The States’ Turning Point


  • José Mariano Castillo, Esq., Law Offices of José Mariano Castillo
  • Professor Jonathan Miller, Southwestern Law School

4:00 p.m. -
4:15 p.m.


4:15 p.m. -
5:15 p.m.

Experiments with Jury Trials in Argentina

  • Professor María Inés Bergoglio, Universidad de Córdoba, Argentina, New Paths to Judicial Legitimacy: The Experience of Mixed Tribunals in Córdoba
  • Hon. Edmundo Hendler, Judge, Court of Appeals for Economic Crimes and Chair in Criminal Law, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lay Participation in Argentina: Old History, Recent Experience


  • Professor Silvia Faerman, Southwestern Law School
  • Professor Mark Cammack, Southwestern Law School

5:15 p.m. -
6:30 p.m.