The Role of Academia in Latin American Private International Law


  • Datum: 10.09.2019
  • Uhrzeit: 14:30

Private international law (PIL) scholarship in Latin America (LATAM) has traditionally been founded in thorough doctrinal analysis. Despite some important theoretical and philosophical work by Goldschmidt and others, socio-legal and interdisciplinary re-search is less extended than in other regions, particularly the United States and Europe. However, PIL scholarship in LATAM is often based in a profound understanding of the region and on each individual country’s needs and positioning in the global scene. As such it has had a noticeable impact in normative developments, in the national, regional and international spheres, from the end of the nineteenth century till our times. In particular legal unification, where LATAM was a fore rider, was always influenced by scholarship.

This conference aims to reflect on the role of PIL academia in LATAM. Exploring be-yond national, regional and global developments the panelists will venture to answer questions such as the following: How does one becomes a PIL expert in Latin America? (i.e. access to the profession; the duality practitioner-academic; the scarcity of full-time academics; the lack of doctoral programs in some countries); Is PIL LATAM academia inclusive enough? (i.e. the sociology of the ‘invisible college’). PIL scholar-ship pathways in LATAM countries may open up without the need for a doctorate degree, yet nowadays many scholars would acquire a doctorate at some point in their careers. Doctoral programs in many countries are the seeds of development of academic research, and in many countries is that pathway that will forge a researcher’s skills and abilities. What are the main skills of a LATAM PIL academic and how are they acquired? What are the distinctive features of LATAM PIL scholarship? Is the normative impact noted above related to the common feature of practitioner-academic of many PIL LATAM scholars? Is it related to the sociology of LATAM scholars? Or does it respond to the openness of academia? What are the key stepping stones of the ‘socialization’ of PIL scholars? (i.e. the role of ASADIP, the OAS International Law courses , the Hague Academy courses, the MPI Hamburg). Have language differences between LATAM countries had an impact in that ‘socialization’?

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