Published: Sept. 26, 2011

Boulder – September 26, 2011 – Dr. Luis Ernesto Derbez, Mexico’s former Secretary of Economy and of Foreign Affairs, will be giving two distinguished lectures that are free and open to the public at Colorado Law, one on immigration issues and the other on the advantages and disadvantages of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). 


WHO:              Former Secretary of Economy and of Foreign Affairs for Mexico, Dr. Luis Ernesto Derbez                   

WHAT &:         Two presentations on issues which affect both Mexico and the United StatesWHEN:            The New Realities, Challenges and Opportunities of Immigration from Mexico to the United States                         Wednesday, October 5                    9 a.m. – 11 a.m.                    2 CLE credits

                    The Advantages, Disadvantages & Future of NAFTA                    Thursday, October 6                    9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

WHERE:           Both events will take place at the University of Colorado Law School                    Wittemyer Courtroom                     

WHY:               The Dean’s Committee on Diversity, in conjunction with CU Cultural Events Board, Latino Law Student Association, Doman International Law Student Association have organized this event in light of the fact that millions of undocumented immigrants from Mexico are currently living in the United States. Dr. Derbez, by discussing Mexico’s view as to what should be done bilaterally in order to address this issue, will ultimately present a point of view on the immigration debate that is seldom represented in American mainstream media. The hope is that the presentation will facilitate both understanding and a diverse perspective on the pressing contemporary political issue and debate on illegal immigration.


ABOUT DR. DERBEZDr. Derbez, in addition to being a former Secretary of Economy and of Foreign Affairs for Mexico , has worked on numerous World Trade Organization committee meetings and was in charge of leading Mexico's negotiations with China for a free trade agreement, which ultimately led to China's accession to the WTO. He headed the Latin American Development Projects Branch of the World Bank and was on the Board of Directors of PEMEX (Mexico's state oil company and the second largest non-publicly listed company in the world by total market value). He has been a guest speaker at Harvard, NYU, Columbia, Notre Dame and other prestigious U.S. universities.


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