Program

Session I ~ Mexican Law Overview: A System in Transition- 1.30-2.30
Since the advent of NAFTA, the Mexican legal system has entered a period of radical transformation. The transformation includes a myriad of new laws affecting commerce and trade, overturning centuries of tradition and practice. Even more, the Mexican court system and its procedures are changing to oral process, a change mandated for completion by 2016, again a sea change from centuries of tradition and practice. This panel will consider both the specifics of Mexico’s changes, and their future implications for the rule of law in Mexico. The panelist have participated in the drafting of new Mexican laws and in the training of Mexican lawyers and judges for their application, particularly the new oral procedures in criminal and civil court.

Philip Robbins, Phoenix
Eddie Varon Levy, Los Angeles-Former Member of the Mexican Congress
Dale Beck Furnish, ASU, Moderator, Professor Emeritus ASU

Session II ~ Trans-Border Transport Issues, Including Cabotage Issues 2.45- 3.45PM
Trans-border transportation issues, particularly trucking, have plagued NAFTA since its inception. Controversies and disputes have delayed deadlines for cross-border trucking, and many issues remain unresolved, even as transport has opened up in the almost two decades since NAFTA went into effect. Our panelists are all active participants in the process who know and apply the laws, and deal with the uncertainties that still characterize and complicate the process.

Session III ~ NAFTA Chapter 11: Trans-Border Investment Disputes -4.PM- 5PM
NAFTA Chapter 11 is a particularly controversial section of the Treaty, subjecting investment disputes to international arbitration panels which may supersede national adjudicatory process. Originally viewed as a residual provision which might be little used, in fact a steady stream of controversies and disputes have made NAFTA Chapter 11 an active area of the law.
Leslie Glick, Partner, Porter Wright, Washington, D.C.                      Co-Chair, Mexico Committee, American Bar Association
Chair, International Trade and Customs Law Committee,  Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section ,American Bar Association

 

Session IV ~ Trans-Border Commerce in Agricultural Products- 5PM-6PM
The volume of trans-border commerce in agricultural products is enormous, and has grown exponentially since the advent of NAFTA. Agricultural trade, perhaps because it is so great and so important, brings with it continuing controversies, with the “tomato war” a most recent example. The panel will address the laws and regulations that define the process. The panel will also address issues of trans-border financing for agricultural commodities produced for the export market, an area of some complication for the uninformed.

Leslie Glick, Washington, D.C. Partner, Porter Wright, Washington, D.C.
Co-Chair, Mexico Committee, American Bar Association
Chair, International Trade and Customs Law Committee,  Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section ,American Bar Association
Dale Beck Furnish, Phoenix, Professor Emeritus ASU
Rick Van Schoik, ASU, Moderator, director of the North American Center for Transborder Studies at Arizona State University

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