Symposium: Post-Genocidal Guatemala Between Impunity and Institutional Reconstruction

Friday, May 26, 2017

Stanford Law School, Room 290 Map

Sponsored by:
Stanford Human Rights Center, Center for Latin American Studies

This symposium will examine the achievements and limitations of popular struggles against impunity and corruption in Guatemala, and the opposition of elites and criminal networks to Constitutional reforms necessary for the full implementation of the 1996 Peace Agreements.  Interdisciplinary panels of indigenous leaders, human rights activists, lawyers, academics and policymakers from Guatemala, Mexico, Colombia, Europe and United States will discuss progress and obstacles for transitional justice, the legal recognition of indigenous territorial rights, customary law and community referenda regarding extractive industries and hydroelectric projects.  We will analyze the dynamics of labor and environmental law, transnational migration, and the hybrid intersections of national and international law, which are crucial for political democratization and State reform in Guatemala.   



Opening words by CLAS Director Alberto Díaz-Cayeros

9:30am- 11:30am

Panel I: Derechos socio-económicos, políticos, culturales y territoriales

Arturo Arias (Professor, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair, UC Merced)

Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj (2017 Mellon Visiting Professor at Duke University's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies)



12:30pm- 2:30pm

Panel II: Innovación institucional e instancias híbridas en la lucha contra la impunidad

Naomi Roht-Arriaza (Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Hastings)

Rosalina Tuyuc (Coordinadora Nacional de Viudas de Guatemala)

Symposium in Spanish. English simultaneous interpretation will be available. 

Friday, May 26, 2017
Stanford Law School, Room 290 Map

Free and Open to the Public | Event will be in Spanish with English simultaneous interpretation


International Conference / Symposium Humanities 

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