The Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, established in January 2010, is a campus-wide initiative advancing and disseminating state-of-the-art research. Our faculty affiliates and partners are at the forefront of efforts to understand economic development, democratic governance, cultural diversity and change, peace and diplomacy, health, education and environmental well-being. CLALS generates high quality, timely analysis on these and other issues in partnership with researchers and practitioners from AU and beyond.
New Working Paper: "A Critical Look at Labor Legislation in Cuba"
In the latest addition to our Working Paper Series, Gabriela Radfar offers an analysis of changes in Cuba’s labor laws following the "Special Period in Time of Peace." The new labor legislation has been marked by reforms to Social Security, legal recognition and expansion of "self-employment," and the creation of new cooperatives. These measures and the new Labor Code enacted in 2014 are part of Cuba’s "Updating the Economic Model." The full paper is available in Spanish, and is part of our ongoing Cuba Initiative, funded by the Christopher Reynolds Foundation.
In light of the VII Party Congress in Cuba, Affiliate William LeoGrande spoke with the Associated Press about Cuba’s future economic model in the context of normalization. LeoGrande also talked to McClatchy about political repression and the growth of a dissident activist group in Cuba that has prompted a government crackdown.
2015 William M. LeoGrande Prize Recipient: Andrew Torget, Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850 (University of North Carolina Press, 2015)
2015 William M. LeoGrande Award Recipient: Macarena Sáez, "Transforming Family Law through Same-Sex Marriage: Lessons From (and To) the Western World" (Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law, 2014)