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News Posted on June 23, 2017

Professor Bhagwat Visits Chile as Part of UC Davis School of Law Chile Initiative

Professor Ashutosh Bhagwat recently visited two of Chile’s top law schools as part of the UC Davis School of Law Chile Initiative, delivering academic talks at the Universidad de Chile Law and Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC) in a trip that included numerous meetings with policymakers, industry leaders, and legal practitioners.

Professor Bhagwat’s May 15-19 visit included presentations of his paper “When Speech is Not Speech” to faculty and students at PUC and the Universidad de Chile Law, a roundtable discussion of his book The Myth of Rights: The Purposes and Limits of Constitutional Rights at PUC, and presentations on current trends in constitutional law in the United States to the Constitutional Tribunal of Chile and the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Chile, as well as visits to leading law firms, the U.S. Embassy, and the UC Davis Chile Center.

The Chile trip came about as part of the UC Davis School of Law Chile Initiative, which is part of a plan to collaborate on a wide range of educational programs that was formalized in 2008 when Chilean President Michelle Bachelet visited UC Davis to sign several Memoranda of Understanding.  That same year, UC Davis School of Law initiated a partnership with Universidad de Chile School of Law that enabled Dean Kevin R. Johnson, Associate Dean of International Programs Beth Greenwood, and Professors Peter Lee and Richard Frank to visit Chilean school partners and allowed King Hall to host several Chilean students and faculty exchanges. As part of his visit to Universidad de Chile Law, Professor Bhagwat participated in the ceremonial signing of a new Memoranda of Understanding regarding student exchanges.

Ashutosh Bhagwat, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law, is an innovative, broad-ranging, and widely published constitutional law scholar.