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UB hosts second judicial conference

Published September 5, 2013

Twenty Latin American judges will visit UB next week to attend the second Academia de Intercambio y Estudios Judiciales (AIEJ) Conference, hosted by the Department of Political Science and the UB Law School.

The Latin American judges include jurists working in civil, criminal, appeals and labor courts. While at UB, they will both present on topics of mutual interest and hear from U.S.-based lawyers and political scientists.

The first AIEJ conference was held at UB in June.

Both conferences are the result of a unique collaboration between the Law School and the Department of Political Science. Stephen Halpern, professor of political science and a 1983 graduate of the law school, and Lynn Mather, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor who holds a joint appointment in the Law School and the political science department, have worked together since last November to arrange the conferences.

The visiting judges, who serve in Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru, are at UB under the auspices of the AIEJ, which develops judicial training programs in many areas, including the values of judicial independence and work efficiency for judges, prosecutors, advocates and court staff.