SUMMER COURSE IN CHILE – July 22 to August 2, 2019

COURSE CODE AND TITLE: DRC 4513 B — The Juridical-Political Order in Latin America and Its Relations with Canada

NUMBER OF PLACES AVAILABLE : 25 - the course is full

COURSE DATES: July 22 to August 2, 2019

PARTICIPATING UNIVERSITIES: Santo Tomás de Bogotá University (Bogota, Colombia) and Central University (Santiago de Chile, Chile).

Faculty of Law (Facultad de Derecho)
Lord Cochrane 417
Universidad Central

The course will cover the Latin American legal and political systems and Canada’s involvement. It will be given primarily in English. However, visits will take place in Spanish, and it is preferable (but not obligatory) for participants to have at least a passive knowledge of Spanish, to interact with certain Latin American speakers. Colombian and Chilean students will take part in the course. They will be joined by some of their professors, who will also make presentations to students.

The course is worth three units, and has a maximum enrolment of 20 to 25 students from the University of Ottawa’s Common and Civil Law sections, and 12 students from Colombian and Chilean universities.
This course can count as part of the international or comparative law groups.

In the 1980s, Latin America began a process of opening up to the world and turning towards democratization, reforming its legal and political institutions with lightning speed.  Countries signed human rights agreements, joined international conventions and signed free trade deals, including with Canada.  Latin America has undergone reform, and adheres to democratic practices similar to ours.
Nevertheless, many criticize social inequality in Latin America. Is it real? Is it similar to Canada’s? And how can we make sense of things?
Through the different countries’ constitutional law and human rights, this course will explore how we as students of law can tackle the most recent socio-legal challenges the continent has had to face.
Using various teaching methods, we will attempt to compare and evaluate, Canadian and Latin American students and professors together, where our various countries stand legally speaking in the face of these socio-economic challenges.  

We will also attempt to see what role future Canadian jurists might have in a Latin America in ferment, and what role law plays in the equation of hemispheric development and democratization.
Course design

Pierre Gilles Bélanger, a part-time professor at the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, is an expert in inter-American, human rights and penal law. He will give various classes for the Canadian component of the course during its two-week period and will be joined by Chilean professors, including the coordinator of the human rights program at Central University, Sergio Fuenzalida. Many Latin American and Canadian experts will assist with this course. Visits to some institutions will complete the stay.

This year, the course will have a decided emphasis on the countries of the South Cone.
Classes will be given mainly in English but students can ask questions and do their work in their language of choice.

Students will be assessed by their respective institutions, the Canadians by Professor Pierre Gilles Bélanger. Assessment will be based on an oral and written group presentation of a case study (35%), a research paper (40%) to be submitted no later than August 30 at 3 pm (academic secretariat, Civil Law, 57 Louis Pasteur Private, Room 201) and student participation (25%).

You are completely responsible for making the necessary arrangements for your return flight. Ticket costs vary from one carrier to the next. Generally, a ticket costs approximately $1,500 CDN.

We recommend that you register with Air Canada’s Altitude Students program. You can receive a discount of up to 15% on eligible bookings.  Learn more about the Altitude Students program:
Other airlines also offer flights to Santiago via the U.S., like United. You can also fly from Toronto with Latam.
Central University made accommodation arrangements with the following residential complex:

Edificio de Lyon
Santa Magdalen 82, Providencia.

To reduce costs, we recommend that you share your accommodation with other participants. Here are the fees and the number of apartments available:

-  number to be confirmed - apartment for one person (1 bedroom with 1 double bed, bathroom, living room and kitchen) $70.00 US per night;
-  11 apartments for two people (1 bedroom with two single beds,, bathroom, living room and kitchen) $80.00 US per night;
-  1 apartment for three people (2 bedrooms with 3 single beds, two bathrooms, living room and kitchen) $120.00 US per night.

The fees include breakfast (buffet style), Wi-Fi, daily room cleaning, reception desk open 24 hours and transportation to and from the airport.

The Edificio de Lyon is located about 30 minutes from the campus of the Universidad Central. You have to take the metro and make a transfer. Please note that there is an additional charge for public transportation.

If you are comfortable with the rentals offered by Airbnb, they may be suitable for you as well. Please be careful when making your reservation.

As a full-time student registered in a program, you have paid the individual health and dental insurance premium, which was included in the tuition fees you paid in September 2018. This gives you 12 months of coverage, from last September until August 31, 2019. 

However, if you have opted out of this insurance plan, you must purchase appropriate medical insurance for the duration of your stay in Chile. 

Learn more about the University of Ottawa Students' Union (formely Students' Federation) health and dental care insurance:

Furthermore, it is always a good idea to review the above-mentionned coverage and to subscribe to an additional insurance like the Blue Cross when travelling abroad.

You are required to do an on-line pre-departure module on risk management. The training is compulsory and is offered by the University of Ottawa's International Office. You will receive additional information on the matter during the summer.

Make sure you have a valid passport. The expiry date of the passport must be at least six months after your return from Chile.

You are responsible for tuition fees for the three-unit course (tuition fees applicable according to the program you are registered in) and all living expenses during your stay in Chile (meals, transportation, excursions, souvenirs, etc.).

Students will receive a $500 mobility scholarship. The scholarship is offered by the Civil Law Section ($250) and the University of Ottawa ($250) through the International Office. The amount is credited to your student account. The exact date of payment will be announced at a later date.

Furthermore, this summer, the Civil Law Section will give an additional $1,000 to all participants. In summary, the total amount of the scholarship is $1,500.

READ THE ARTICLES and THE TESTIMONIAL! Two former students namely Bianca Lessard and Marie-Pierre Boudreau who took part in the summer course offered in Chile during the summer of 2017 wrote an article about their experience. Kami Temisjian also wrote an article upon her return from Chile in 2019. Finally, read George Monastiriakos' testimonial of his review of Chile 2019. Articles and testimonial are written in the student's preferred language. Happy reading!
Professor Pierre Gilles Bélanger —

Line C. Bissonnette, Manager, International and Community Relations —

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