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Human Rights LLM Students Attend Conference on European Union and the Americas

By February 20, 2019Law School, STU News

A delegation of LL.M. and J.S.D. students from St. Thomas Law’s Intercultural Human Rights program recently attended the Conference on European Union and the Americas: An Inclusive and Encompassing Relationship. The event was organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States and held in downtown Miami.

During the two-day event, the European Union and leading stakeholders from South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean discussed cooperative approaches and shared challenges on a number of important issues including the promotion of democratic and transparent elections, disaster preparedness and responses in the face of climate change, human rights and the rule of law, as well as economic and trade partnerships. Each panel was followed by lively discussion between the panelists and attendees.


Pictured (L-R): LL.M. candidates Digdem Ameseder (Austria), Constanza Carlone (Italy) and J.S.D. Candidate Tessa Juste (United States)

“I was [very] interested in learning about the progress in Latin America regarding economic growth, but also about human rights violations as a consequence of abuses of power in certain countries such as Venezuela and Honduras,” stated Constanza Carlone, an LL.M. student from Italy.

Digdem Ameseder, our LL.M. student from Austria, also shared how much she enjoyed the engaging discussions. “It was a very interesting and broad conference with esteemed panelists bringing their distinctive perspectives,” said Ms. Ameseder.  “I enjoyed learning about the EU and the Americas’ cooperation in different fields and following the engaging discussions.”

“The conference provided an excellent forum for discussion of cooperative approaches to shared challenges.” 

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The participation in the international law conference was by invitation only and Professor Roza Pati made our students’ participation possible through her cooperation with the European Union representatives. The St. Thomas Law delegation was delighted to have had the opportunity to attend this exclusive conference and learn from the experience of experts on the many facets of the relations between the EU and the Americas.


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