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Global Law and Policy for the Americas Initiative

Panelists examine inequity caused by the global pandemic and vaccination distribution during discussion hosted by UHLC's Initiative on Global Law and Policy

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Feb. 24, 2021 - In a recent webinar hosted by the University of Houston Law Center's Initiative on Global Law and Policy and co-organized by the University of Bologna Center for Latin American Studies, scholars from Germany and Mexico agreed that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted vulnerable groups around the world. "The COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impact on Social Justice," was the first event in a six-part series, sponsored by the American Society of International Law.

Our Mission

The relationship between nations and the international landscape is changing.  Global Law and Policy for the Americas provides a platform in which to examine new legal frameworks for addressing global challenges in coordination with local solutions.   Specifically, it focuses on the role of the Americas in shaping global law and policy and on the ways that domestic law and policy in the different regions of the Americas connect with the global.    NAFTA renegotiations have highlighted a redefining of North America and its role in the world. New economic players, technological innovation, and environmental challenges are changing the marketplace, questioning globalization, shifting global power dynamics, and impacting the future of international law and its institutions. Law shapes society, motivates behavior, and creates incentives for action. The 20th century marked important changes in the role of law, domestic and international, for the Americas, with reemerging democracies and new markets. The Americas are rich in resources, diverse in cultures, and a source of economic power and will continue to play an important role in the future of global law and policy. GLPA considers these shifts in international law and policy and emphasizes the interplay between the global to the local.