Center-Sponsored Course, Fall 2004

Mariclaire Acosta Urquidi
"Democratic Change and Human Rights in Mexico"

In 2000, Mexico completed a peaceful transition to democracy, the seeds of which had been planted at least two decades before. Although human rights were at the center of this transition, little has actually been achieved in terms of resolving the country’s deeply entrenched problems. The course will explore the reasons for this and will appraise the strategies carried out by the different actors concerned in the struggle for human rights during the last 20 years.

Mariclaire Acosta Urquidi is the former subsecretary for Human Rights and Democracy in the Secretariat of Foreign Relations Office in Mexico. Her career in the field of human rights has led her on missions ranging from investigating the treatment of immigrants in the United States to studying the effects of violence in Colombia. Currently she is a member of the Advisory Council on Foreign Relations and a board member for the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL).

October 8 – 29, Fridays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street
LAS 298.2/198.2; 1 unit; pass/no-pass grading option

This course is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates. To obtain a class entry code, please submit a brief narrative describing your interest and experience in the subject matter. Please email this statement to Teresa Stojkov, Vice Chair of CLAS at tstojkov@berkeley.edu by September 1, 2004.

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