California Western School of Law and the Organization of American States (OAS) signed an agreement in Washington, D.C., on March 4, 2015.
The agreement further strengthens the bonds between the law school and the most important multilateral political institutions in the Western Hemisphere. California Western plays a leading role in working with countries in the Americas to
create new legal systems via its Proyecto ACCESO, a legal reform program that has trained thousands of judges, prosecutors, and other legal officials on the workings of the U.S. justice system.
California Western President and Dean Niels B. Schaumann was in Washington to sign the agreement along with OAS Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin, who signed the agreement on behalf of OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza.
"We are delighted to enter into this agreement with the Organization of American States,” says Schaumann. “Our cooperation with OAS will provide a framework for academic work that addresses issues of international law in the Latin American context. It will deepen our relationships with the many institutions there with which we have worked for the better part of two decades."
The agreement is designed to promote collaboration between the two institutions in areas such as legal cooperation projects, joint training activities, exchanges of experiences, and best practices.
“The agreement solidifies the relationship between our law school and the OAS, a relationship which started in 2001,” said Assistant Dean James M. Cooper, director of the International Legal Studies Program at California Western. “The agreement provides the framework for us to work together more formally and expand relations. Future academic programs and research projects will be easier to achieve.”
California Western has created several programs that are based on training and cooperation with Latin American countries, in addition to Proyecto ACCESO. These programs include an online LL.M. degree program for Spanish-speaking attorneys, the Chile Summer Program, and the American Legal Studies and Exchange - Brazil.
Recently, 150 lawyers from 10 different Latin American countries spent five days at California Western for its annual Trial Skills Academy during which participants learn oral advocacy skills based on the U.S. justice system.
About the Organization of American States
The Organization of American States is the premier regional forum for political discussion, policy analysis, and decision-making in Western Hemisphere affairs. The OAS brings together leaders from nations across the Americas to address hemispheric issues and opportunities. Together, they seek to build cooperation among states and advance a common regional agenda on democratic governance, human rights, multidimensional security, and sustainable development.