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04/21/94

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Conference to focus on environment, human rights in Latin America

STANFORD -- "Environment, Integration and Rights in the Americas" will be the focus of a daylong conference Wednesday, May 4, at the Stanford University Law School, Moot Court Room, Room 80.

The 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. conference opens with remarks by William K. Reilly, former director of the Environmental Protection Agency. A panel discussion on biodiversity and regional integration will follow.

Afternoon events include a law school seminar titled "A Specific Proposal for Balancing Conservation and Human Rights in the Chiapas- Beliz-Peten Region" and a panel discussion titled "Rights and the Environment: Conflicting Interests?" Anthropology Professor William Durham will offer closing remarks.

Panelists include Stanford biology Professor Harold Mooney, Ayacucho Visiting Scholar Ernesto Medina, visiting economics Professor Graciela Chichilnisky, Stanford law Professor John Barton and World Bank officer Keith Hansen.

Free and open to the public, the event is co-sponsored by the Stanford Center for Latin American Studies and the Stanford Institute for International Studies. For more information, contact Alison Shank or Martie McKinney at (415) 723-2012.

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