NAFTA conference

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From: "Lopez, Frank" <frlopez at>

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The Center for Law & Border Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso is
hosting a conference in October 2000 and would like to disseminate the
conference information as widely as possible.  General information and a
call for papers and presenters follow below:


Border Conference On

October 6, 2000     Center for Law & Border Studies     U.T.E. P.     El
Paso, Texas

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) became effective January 1,
1994.  Since that time, trade between the United States and Mexico has
almost doubled.  Many proponents of NAFTA argue that the Act has caused
significant positive economic growth in terms of trade and employment in the
participating countries.  Any negative impact from NAFTA is often discounted
because of the "significant benefits" created by the Act.  Proponents of the
Act argue that globalization is good and that any fall-out is a small price
to pay considering the great benefits created by NAFTA.

NAFTA, like many other agreements between countries, was developed by
individuals from Washington and Mexico City - miles away from the border.
The implementation of NAFTA forced the economies to integrate at an
accelerated rate.  The impact has been devastating to many border
communities.  For example, the number of displaced workers along the U.S.
border has tremendously affected the economies of several U.S. cities.
Texas has the second-highest number of workers certified as hurt by NAFTA.
In El Paso alone, over 10,000 workers have lost their jobs as a result of
NAFTA - more than any other U.S. city.   Although the social cost of the
many lost jobs has not been quantified, there is no question that the impact
and stress on border economies has been tremendous.

The conference will focus on labor and work force issues.  Although the
conference will be divided into three parts, two major sections will focus
on (1) NAFTA and it's impact on the border and (2) Solutions addressing
displaced worker issues.  The third section will involve "break-out"
sessions with elected officials, workers, professors and community
individuals.   The objective of the conference is to seek solutions -- in
terms of law, policy and practice - that will lessen the burden NAFTA has
placed on the border.

         The following proposed format includes possible topics of interest:

I.      NAFTA's impact on the Border
         -Overview of the law of NAFTA (the "basics" of NAFTA)
-Overview of the side agreement addressing labor issues
-Macro economic impact (big picture perspective)
-The Impact globalization has on the border
         -Economic impact on jobs:  U.S. and Mexico
         -Social costs associated with displaced workers: e.g. health,
         -Accountability and enforcement
         -Labor law and human rights on the border
         -Workforce Development
-Economic Development

II.     Panels: Innovative programs offering solutions addressing displaced
worker issues

III.    Break out sessions to include (1) displaced workers, (2) elected
officials, (3) professors/scholars,     (4) students and (5) community

Conference Date:  October 6, 2000

Proposals to be considered should be sent to: Frank Rene Lopez, Center for
Law & Border Studies, University of Texas at El Paso, Benedict Hall, room
103, El Paso, Texas 79968-0547.   Proposals should be submitted no later
than July 22, 2000.   Please include a (1) cover letter, (2) a one to two
page paper proposal, and (3) your vita.  For more information, please call
Frank Lopez at the Center for Law & Border Studies (915) 747-7973 or email:
frlopez at <mailto:frlopez at>.

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