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Loyola University Chicago Forges Partnership with Organization of American States
Five-year Program of Cooperation will Promote Governance and the Rule of Law in the Americas

CHICAGO, December 1, 2015 Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law has signed a milestone memorandum of understanding with the Organization of American States (OAS), the world’s oldest regional organization established to implement democracy, human rights, security, and development in the Americas. The memorandum, which was recently signed by Nestor Mendez, assistant secretary general of the OAS, and David Yellen, dean of Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law, initiates a five-year program of cooperation between Loyola and institutions within OAS, including the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM), in promoting governance and strengthening the rule of law in the Americas.

Under the program of cooperation, OAS staff and advisors and selected representatives from member states will attend the University’s Master of Laws (LLM) program in Rule of Law for Development (PROLAW). The program will facilitate seminars and research aimed at improving democratic governance and the rule of law in the Americas.

“We are pleased to form this important partnership with the Organization of the Americas that will promote peace, strengthen the rule of law, and contribute to the development of women’s rights in the Americas,” said Dean David Yellen.

The Inter-American Commission of Women, which operates as part of the OAS, is the first inter-governmental agency established to ensure recognition of women’s human rights.

“The program of cooperation with Loyola is important for the Inter-American Commission of Women, as it will contribute to our ability to implement a series of regional undertakings aimed at promoting gender equality and preventing violence against women,” said Carmen Moreno, the commission’s executive secretary.

The partnership will seek financial support for the activities outlined in the agreement.

Launched in 2011, Loyola’s one-year, LLM degree program offered at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center in Italy provides a practice-oriented program of study aimed at graduating rule of law professionals who are working to advance social justice and effective governance in their own countries and across the globe. The graduates of the PROLAW program are currently working in 35 countries around the world.

For more information, visit www.LUC.edu/prolaw.

About Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Loyola’s School of Law has been educating students across the country and around the world for more than 100 years. The school offers full- and part-time Juris Doctor programs, with specialized certificates available in advocacy, child and family law, health law, international law and practice, public interest law, and tax law. For attorneys pursuing advanced legal education, the school offers Master of Laws programs in advocacy, child and family law, rule of law for development, tax law, and international law for foreign lawyers, as well as online programs in business, global competition law, and health law. In addition, the school offers online Master of Jurisprudence programs for non-attorney professionals in business, child and family law, health law, and global competition law. The school also offers two on-campus doctoral degrees focusing on health law and policy (SJD and DLaw). To learn more about the school, visit LUC.edu/law or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaLaw.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,500 students. More than 11,000 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 11 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.

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