Patrick Schaefer ('09) has been selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for a Fulbright grant to Portugal for the 2009-2010 academic year.
Schaefer will enroll in the Catholic University of Portugal’s LL.M. program in International Trade and Business Law. There, he plans to develop a thesis investigating the impact that regional economic and legal integration have had on the concepts of state sovereignty and individual autonomy through the study of Portuguese arbitration law.
In addition to his Fulbright grant, he will also be receiving a full scholarship to study at the Catholic University of Portugal.
“I am very excited to finish my academic career as a Fulbright Scholar,” said Schaefer. “At the same time, I immediately think of all those who have helped me along the way; this award is really a reflection of their dedication and care.”
Through the course of his academic career, Schaefer has focused his work on the political histories and legal systems in the Iberian-American sphere. While earning his M.A. degree in Latin American and Iberian Studies (UNM 2005, Honors), he studied the modern, post-revolutionary political histories of Mexico and Spain, as well as Brazil and Portugal. Once in law school (UNM 2009), he furthered this research to include the impact these political movements have had on classical concepts of state sovereignty within the respective legal systems, specifically within the field of economic and trade law and international environmental law.