Houston Mexican Consul encourages education collaborations between UHLC, Mexican universities

Visiting Professor Julian de Cárdenas, left, Alonso Arteaga, Mexican Consul General of Houston Oscar Rodríguez Cabrera, Professor Jacqueline Lang Weaver, Professor Bret Wells, Mónica González Soto, and Brisa Gosset attended a meeting hosted by the Environment, Energy, & National Resources Center at the UHLC.

Feb. 4, 2016 – Consul General of Mexico, Oscar Rodríguez Cabrera, recently attended a meeting hosted by the University of Houston Law Center’s Environment, Energy & National Resource Center in an effort to strengthen ties between the Mexican government and UH.

He was joined by consulate officials Mónica González Soto, Attaché for Economic Affairs, and Alonso Arteaga, Attaché of Energy Affairs.

The meeting was part of the EENR Center’s activities working with environmental and energy law programs in Mexican universities and institutions, after the enactment of the Mexican Energy Reform in December of 2013.

Rodríguez Cabrera expressed the interest of the Mexican government to continue increasing the number of programs between the University of Houston and Mexican universities and institutions. He also expressed the view of the Mexican government that education is a fundamental part of the recent Mexican reforms, in order to reach high levels of national expertise for successful results in the energy sector.  

During the meeting, the UHLC’s Center of U.S. and Mexican Law provided an update regarding the current developments of internship programs for UHLC students at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico and Pemex, Mexico’s national oil company. Internship opportunities were also discussed at Mexico’s National Hydrocarbons Commission, which recently signed a cooperation agreement with the Law Center.

Since 2013, the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Center has established an official partnership with the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon to create a unique LL.M. exchange program on energy and environmental law in Monterrey, Mexico. In 2014, the Law Center began working with the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México in Mexico City on a professional training program for industry attorneys and government officials.

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