International Congress of Comparative Legal Systems and Cultures
Through the invitation of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Dean Rudolph Hasl participated from February 11 to 15 in an International Congress of Comparative Legal Systems and Cultures in Mexico City. He participated in two sessions, Transicion y Cambio de las Culturas Juridicas and Educacion y Profession Juridicas. His topics were "The Process of Transformation in Mexico from an Inquisitorial to an Adversarial Model in Criminal Procedure" and "The Accreditation Process within the United States." The attendees and speakers at the Congress were from around the world. Other presenters/participants from the United States were Kevin Ashley (Pittsburgh), Harold Berman (Emery/Harvard), Douglass Cassel (Northwestern), Lawrence Friedman (Stanford), Juan Mendez (Notre Dame), Clyde Summers (Pennsylvania), and Marley Weiss (Maryland). Photos of the panel presentations are included below.
During his visit, Dean Hasl met with the Director of the Law Faculty of UNAM (11,000 students) and the ABA/USAID team that has been advising the Mexican law schools on a system of accreditation for legal education and admission to the bar.
This visit was facilitated by Dr. Jorge Madrazo, Mexican Consul General in Seattle, former Attorney General of Mexico, and former Director of the UNAM Instituto de Investigaciones Juridicas, and by Dr. Diego Valades, current Director of the Institute. This visit was a part of the ongoing program of cooperation between the Seattle University School of Law and UNAM, currently under the direction of Professor Henry McGee.