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2004 Latin American Law Institute Scheduled for September 15-17 in New Orleans

May 24, 2004

Registrants from fourteen countries have signed up to attend the second Latin American Law Institute, sponsored by Tulane University Law School on September 15 – 17 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Orleans. The two and a half-day program will focus on twenty-five separate issues affecting Latin America.  “The Latin American Law Institute is a wonderful opportunity for New Orleans to recapture its place as a link between the United States and Latin America,” said George J. Fowler, III, Chairman of the Institute. “Through the bi-annual Institute, we are able to identify common ground and foster cooperation to meet the challenges of Americans doing business with Latin America and Spain. It presents economic opportunities for New Orleans businesses seeking to build relationships with Latin American companies.”

Congressman David Vitter of Louisiana is honorary Chair and will discuss whether the U.S. has a viable energy policy for Latin America.  Highlights of the program include:
• Former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada - Mr. Sanchez served as president from 1993 to 1997 and was reelected in 1997; however, a leftist indigenous leader closely associated with cocaine leaf growers overthrew him in October 2003.  The popular uprising was fueled by the Bolivia - Cuiabá gas pipeline, owned by Enron and Shell, one of the largest fuel transportation projects ever built in South America.  Ironically, the Bolivia-Cuiabá pipeline was heralded within the international project finance community as an exemplary case of successful environmental and social risk mitigation.  Mr. Sanchez was the principal player in the crisis that has had huge repercussions on energy throughout the world.

• Jorge Mas Santos, Chairman of the Cuban American National Foundation – His address will be a provocative call for union among the Latin Americans in the United States to ensure a viable U.S. policy for Latin America.  He will stress the power that Latins in the U.S. are gaining and how important it is that our country has a strategic, coordinated and educated policy to improve the lot of the people of Latin America and thus positively affect U.S. interests in the Hemisphere. 
• Richard Sharpstein, partner, Jorden Burt, Miami, Florida – Mr. Sharpstein was involved in Panamanian Dictator Noriega’s trial and is one of the world’s leading international criminal lawyers.  He will address current issues of international criminal jurisdiction. 
• Kris Urs, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State. He will discuss policy matters of the present administration affecting Latin America and US relations. (Urs is substituting for Roger Noriega)
• Ing. Luis Marin, Chief Executive Officer, CITGO – Mr. Marin will present "The Western Hemisphere Energy Equation -- A unique Latin American Opportunity” and will discuss the strength of the energy sector in the region.  Ing. Marin will also speak on the Venezuelan situation after the referendum. 
• Dr. Alvaro Silva Calderon, former Secretary General, OPEC – Dr. Calderon started his career as an advisory member to the team that developed the concept and created the OPEC and will give an update on the organization and its role in the energy sector of the world.

Other key international figures participating in the program include:
• Jose Sariego, Senior V.P. - Business and Legal Affairs HBO Latin America
• Elmer A. Johnston, General Counsel, Harken Energy Corporation
• Gary Paulson, Assistant General Counsel, British Petroleum
• Claiborne Deming, president and CEO, Murphy Oil Corporation

Miguel Angel Rodriguez, former president of Costa Rica is unable to attend the conference as previously scheduled.

Registration and additional information regarding the Latin American Law Institute may be found at web.law.tula.edu/lali . Special rates are available for the Hyatt Hotel, Avis Car rentals and American Airlines.  For more information on the conference, please contact the Tulane Law School Office of Continuing Legal Education Office by telephone at (504) 865-5900 or email at aschumac@law.tulane.edu or visit web.law.tulane.edu/lali .


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