Democracy and Justice in Latin America was session number one of a four session series to introduce Latin American themes and help teachers integrate area studies across the curriculum. The presentation by Iran Rodriguez provided a brief historical overview of democracy in Latin America and discussed recent challenges to justice in the region.

Date: April 19, 2011

About the Presenter
Iran Rodrigues is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the Unversity of Florida specializing in Comparative Politics, Political Methodology and International Relations. His dissertation focuses on Judicial effectiveness and institutional change in Brazil. The objective of the research is to contribute to the understanding of the relationship between Judicial and Executive branches in new democracies through the study of compliance to court decisions by federal administrative agencies in Brazil.

Iran Rodrigues Home Page

Live recording of the //Democracy and Justice in Latin America// session.

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Recommended Films/Documentaries

Presumed Guilty – Mexico (2008)

Justica – Brazil (2004)

Ending the Silence - Guatemala

Battle of Chile (1998)

The debt of dictators (2005)

Enemies of war - El Salvador (2001)

In the name of the people – El Salvador (1984)

The Front Line – El Salvador (1983)
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Carandiru – Brazil (2003)

The Judge and the General (2008)

Elite Squad (2007), Elite Squad II (2010)

Motorcycle Diaries (2004)

The Big Sellout (2006)

South of the Border ( 2009)


Drug wars – Central America - The tormented isthmus

Central America's woes - The drug war hits Central America


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