Since the 1980s, Latin American states have embarked in ambitious legal reforms, from the adoption of new constitutions to the enactment of new legal fields dealing with competition law or public procurement. These transformations brought changes in government structures and individuals perceptions of their relationship with state power. Fundamental rights are now as important as the notion of efficiency. Central banks became key institutions in the state’s finances. Technopols have displaced the traditional bureaucracy in state administration. However, old problems remain – income inequality, corruption, and environment pollution continue to be pervasive. Yet, as these reforms have focused on law and legal institutions, the role of law continues to be highly important in (re)shaping social relations in Latin America.

The purpose of the Graduate Conference on Latin America Law and Policy is to open an academic space for consideration of the role of law and policy in this region, as old problems persist and new challenges loom ahead. Also, it aims to provide graduate students with an opportunity to meet and to discuss their work. Attendance to this conference is free, but previous registration at eventbrite is mandatory and the limited number of spots at the conference room will be allocated on a first-come and first-serve basis. If you want to guarantee your place, come early.

The first edition organized by Andrés Palacios and Larissa Boratti at UCL in 2013 counted with 10 panelists, 4 faculty members, and was a huge success – and we must thank UCL and the UCL Colombian Society for this. The second edition in Oxford will have 3 keynote speakers, 11 panelists, and 9 faculty members. We look forward to seeing you in the second edition at Oxford!