Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Cooperative Program with Chile

Profs. James Carey and Anne-Marie Rhodes welcome Chilean Profs. Rafael Blanco (left) and Hugo Rojas to Loyola

The law school has established an active program of cooperation with the legal community in Chile. Chile is a stable, modern country. It has a longstanding tradition of constitutional government; the consequences of the Pinochet regime—an interruption in that history—are still being resolved.

Chile now has not only its first woman President but also only the second woman ever elected president in South America. The Chilean economy is one of the most dynamic in Latin America. The United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement of 2004 is but one of a series of agreements by which Chile has embraced expanded trade in a free market system, and the post-Pinochet Socialist governments have fostered that growth. Chile's legal system is progressive, and the Chilean legal community is reaching out to other nations to learn and to teach.

>Universidad Alberto Hurtado  

Loyola has established a relationship with the law faculty of Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago, Chile. This law school is part of a progressive Jesuit-affiliated university, named after the progressive Jesuit priest, Alberto Hurtado, S.J., who was made a saint by Pope Benedict XV in 2005 because of his work among the poor of Chile.

The Hurtado law faculty is active in legal and judicial reform in Chile. Many of its members are invited to speak in conferences throughout the Americas, and have written law review articles in several US journals. Coordinating Loyola's cooperative program are Professor Rafael Blanco and Professor Hugo Blanco.

Student exchanges

Since 2003, Loyola has offered students in its Comparative Law Seminar: Legal Systems in Latin America the opportunity to travel to Chile over spring break. There the students participate in general meetings with leaders in law, business, government and other fields.

They also conduct individualized interviews with Chilean experts in the students' own area of research interest. This unique program enables students to pursue their own academic interests and advance their personal career goals.

Law students from Hurtado similarly visit Chicago for a week in September each year. There the Chilean students meet with lawyers, judges and others in fulfillment of their research agendas.

Students from Loyola and Hurtado are encouraged and assisted to return to the other country subsequently in order to develop their cross-country professional interests.

Chilean law students from Hurtado visit Loyola

Faculty exchanges

Professors from Loyola accompany the US students to Chile, and professors from Hurtado accompany the Chilean students to Chicago each year. Faculty from the two schools are continually deepening their academic and professional contacts outside of the student exchanges. For example, Professors Blanco and Rojas of Hurtado have lectured in Chicago and have written an article for Loyola's International Law Review.

Professor James P. Carey and members of Loyola's Trial Practice adjunct faculty have visited Chile on several occasions, to assist in Chile's adoption of a revised Code of Penal Procedure. Professor Anne-Marie Rhodes is assisting Hurtado in its development of a tax program.