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in Interamerican
Law challenges

10 generations

of university students trained across Latin America and Canada 

Graduados Formación Sistema Jurídico Penal

+ 300 Certified Students

Contributing from each country and enriching the format of this summer program, providing training to all students and participants through mentors.

+ than 50 academic experts collaborating

Enriching the exchange of knowledge and ideas through debates and discussions  delving into the realities and  practices of our legal-political systems.

Why was this Training created?

Since the 1980s, all of Latin America has opened up to law as an object of democratization.
The entire American continent strives to make justice a more equal and accessible right.
However, very little is known about both the limitations and the successes that the hemisphere is going through.
The main objective of this course, created more than ten years ago, is to train future jurists on the challenges faced by several countries in the American hemisphere and in which the law and judicial actors can play a role.

For an
Egalitarian Right

In 2001, shortly after the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City, it was critical that Canada take an interest in the Americas. 
New member of the OAS, and despite having a common hemisphere, little was pooled or shared. Canadian jurists, with their conventional principles, were no different. However, there were already many common challenges that required reconciliation through law.  
This class addresses topics we have in common such as:the growing immigration, the internationalization of crime, human rights violations of all kinds that are committed across borders and the environment.  Over time, new notions of law appear that transcend borders; about victims, reparation, indigenous people or persons in vulnerable situations.
To name a few challenges; so many new challenges need to be shared and go beyond the simple letter of the law, but rather the exchange of knowledge.

Generations of

& Alliances

With the support of the University of Ottawa - Faculty of Civil Law - and as coordinating professor, I have had the privilege of creating and setting up this program for more than 10 years in alliance with the following Universities, achieving an Inter-American collaboration that is still valid up to today.

Happy Students

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Mariana Balcorta
It is not only a theoretical course, but instances are created to form interpersonal relationships.

We have many lecturers, lawyers and journalists, so it's not just the professors who teach.

It is a great opportunity as a student to be able to explore various contemporary issues, but always with the legal aspect in mind: how can law be used to make a difference and change the world?
Marie-Pierre Boudreau 
Bianca Lessard
You will learn a lot, not only about the country you are visiting, about the culture and its citizens, but also about yourself.

This exchange was embellished with encounters as pleasant as the others.
It is a unique and educational opportunity that allowed us to realize the richness of cultural diversity in the world.

We quickly understood that before we were Canadians, we were citizens of the world.
George Monastyriakos
Sergio Valdiviezo
The exchange course was intellectually stimulating and helped us develop skills that will be invaluable once we begin our careers as lawyers.

The most notable of these is the art of negotiating with parties that have divergent interests, as well as learning how to successfully form and defend a legal argument before a panel of judges.
In terms of personal growth, adjusting to life in Chile broadened my view of the world, improved my cultural awareness, strengthened my character, and helped improve my Spanish.
Kami Temisjian 
Latin America has a painful past and that past is recent. Being in Chile we were able to feel the pain of a people that lived through a dictatorship and also feel its strength and​​ pride. It was a privilege to be able to understand the way Chileans found to overcome their difficulties. In addition, we were able to see the importance of Canadian solidarity in the world.

If you want to take a summer course, learn more about international relations and comparative law, improve your knowledge of Spanish and have a great experience, the course coordinated by Pierre Gilles is essential.
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