Promoting law and economics indirectlyXVIII Annual Conference of the Latin American and Caribbean Law and Economics Association (2014)
AbstractSince the mid-1990s ALACDE has been organizing meetings in Latin American and Caribbean countries. Its members have organized, so far, meetings at Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile, Peru, United States, Brasil, Spain, El Salvador, and Guatemala. At these academic meetings, ALACDE members have gone a long way in promoting awareness of the economic approach to law. They have presented academic papers that incorporate the insights of law and economics. They have involved local scholars and judges in discussions and debates on the economic analysis of law. They have invited prominent Anglo-American and European scholars and judges to give talks. However, law and economics remains, in much of the region, a marginal-at-best academic movement. What else can we do? This paper suggests that an important accompaniment to the past efforts of ALACDE, may be for law and economics scholars to devote their energies, to non-law and economics activities. Our proposal may have a possible far-reaching and lasting impact in the future. The Latin American and Caribbean region, as part of the developing world, is an open space where obvious and tangible improvements in legal education and academic integration need to be carried out. Moreover, no one seems to be poised to support, much less lead, the needed initiatives. By taking a hand in meeting the substantial needs of the region, law and economics-oriented scholars may boost the prestige of law and economics in Latin America and the Caribbean more effectively than by touting the blare-happy trumpets of the law-and-economics movement. This paper discusses one such pioneering educational initiative. The Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, with the Ilustre y Nacional Colegio de Abogados de México, under the leadership of an ALACDE member, launched and implemented only the second J.D.-equivalent program of legal education to be organized outside of the United States. UNAM follows the University of Beijing in this recent and exciting initiative. However, although both programs seek to train United States lawyers outside of the United States, to a surprising degree, the Mexico City program has incorporated, in contrast to the program organized in Shenzhen, law and economics as its teaching methodology. UNAM is not only the world's largest University in number of faculty and students, it's the only Latin American University to have been ranked among the world's top 50 major research institutions; the Ilustre y Nacional Colegio de Abogados de México, founded in 1760, is the oldest active, and continuously operating, bar association in the Americas.
Publication DateMay, 2014
Citation InformationJuan Javier del Granado. "Promoting law and economics indirectly" XVIII Annual Conference of the Latin American and Caribbean Law and Economics Association (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/juan_javier_del_granado/80/