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September 7, 2016
UNM School of Law

4:30 pm - Dean's Welcome & Lecture
5:30 pm - Q&A and Reception

This program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 General hours of credit.

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Professor Nathalie Martin

“Professor Aguilera is one of the most kind, affable, funny, engaging, and accomplished people I have ever met. He is humble despite tremendous accomplishments, has been able to forge international and regional bonds in ways that positively impact students over a lifetime, and easily shares his expertise in accessible ways with a diverse variety of people world-wide. He is truly treasure and we are lucky to have him speaking here.”

Professor Nathalie Martin

Legal historian and EU scholar sheds light on Brexit

Professor Aguilera-Barchet teaches legal history at the King Juan Carlos University of Madrid, is a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and a visiting professor at the University of Paris XII. He is a former Dean of the Faculty of Legal and Social Sciences of the KJC University. Aguilera-Barchet is the author of many articles and books, especially on the rule of law in the European legal tradition.

He also teaches the history of European Union law at the UNM Law School Madrid Summer Law Institute, where he is known for a high level of knowledge of political events and the ability to tie them together. His understanding of political organizations and governmental structures is so astute – and his teaching manner so engaging, interactive and vibrant – that he was asked to share his expertise on the political, legal and economic consequences of Brexit for the 2016 John Field Simms, Sr. Memorial Lectureship in Law.

The Legal Labyrinth of Brexit

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union was unprecedented. For the first time, a member state voted to leave the EU, shocking the world, causing the British pound to rapidly lose value and throwing the stock exchange into a panic.

The ramifications of Brexit are just beginning. Will other countries push to leave the EU, too? What impact will Brexit have on the UK, the EU, and the US? Brexit is a labyrinth of new and complex legal procedures that may completely transform the constitutional history of the Western world.

The John Field Simms, Sr. Memorial Lectureship in Law brings legal historian Professor Aguilera-Barchet to discuss “The Legal Labyrinth of Brexit” in a free event that is open to the public.

A lively talk with ample time for Q&A

Aguilera-Barchet is looking forward to a lively discussion during and after the talk and allowing ample time for Q&A. An inclusive reception offering one-on-one time with this charming and delightful speaker follows.

Prospective attendees are strongly encouraged to register in advance online or to RSVP by calling 505.277.8184

"A History of Western Public Law"

Professor Bruno Aguilera-Barchet Book A History of Western Public Law

Professor Aguilera-Barchet’s book outlines the historical development of Public Law and the state from ancient times to the modern day, offering an account of relevant events in parallel with a general historical background, establishing and explaining the relationships between political, religious, and economic events.

If you are interested in buying a copy of "A History of Western Public Law" before the lecture please contact Julie Archer, jarcher@unm.edu, UNM Medical Bookstore.

Professor Bruno Aguilera-Barchet

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Professor Aguilera-Barchet is Professor of Comparative Legal History and Director of the Institute for International Law Studies at King Juan Carlos University of Madrid. He also teaches at the UNM Law School Madrid Summer Law Institute.

Aguilera-Barchet holds a Ph.D. in Law and was Dean of the Faculty of Legal and Social Sciences of the KJC University. He was a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School and he is currently a visiting Professor in the Law School of the University of Paris XII. He is the author of many articles and books, especially on the rule of law in the European legal tradition. His latest published works include a book on historical Islamic Law and an article on educating democracy.

About The John Field Simms, Sr. Memorial Lectureship in Law

This endowed lecture honors the memory of highly respected trial lawyer John F. Simms, who had served on the New Mexico Supreme Court and as a University of New Mexico Regent.

Past Simms Lecturers have included justices of the United States Supreme Court, presidents of universities, law deans and professors, high-level government officials, and United States Court of Appeals judges.

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