UH Experts Available to Discuss Arrest of Cartel Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman

The arrest of world’s most wanted drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is being watched by people around the world. While the arrest answers the decade-long question of his whereabouts, it begs new questions about extradition, jurisdiction, the drug war and impact to the drug trade and cartel operations. 

University of Houston experts are available to discuss various aspects of the Guzman case from the legal issues —extradition, Mexican law and international law— to historical and cultural issues, including the policies related to the drug war and potential national security impacts from the arrest. 

THE LAW: EXTRADITION, MEXICAN AND INTERNATIONAL LAW

PaustJordan J. Paust is the Mike and Teresa Baker Law Center Professor of International Law at the Law Center of the University of Houston. He is a prolific writer on international law and one of the most cited law professors in the nation. Paust is available to discuss topics related to extradition, treaties, customary international law, jurisdiction, human rights, international crimes and the incorporation of international law into U.S. domestic law. Paust can be reached at jpaust@uh.edu or 713-743-2177. 

MEXICAN CULTURE AND POLITICS, U.S.-MEXICO GEOPOLITICAL RELATIONS

Zamora

Stephen Zamora, Leonard B. Rosenburg Professor of Law, is director of the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law at the University of Houston Law Center and also serves as director of the North American Consortium on Legal Education. He can address general aspects of the Mexican legal system and legal institutions (the judicial system, executive and legislative powers), cultural attitudes and politics, and geopolitical aspects of US–Mexico relations. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Houston Law Center in 1978, Zamora practiced international law in Washington, D.C. He has been a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Mexico and, in 2006, Zamora received the highest distinction awarded by the Mexican government to a foreign national, the Order of the Aztec Eagle, in recognition of his work in promoting U.S.-Mexican understanding. He is the lead author of the book "Mexican Law" (2004, Oxford University Press). Zamora can be reached at SZamora@central.UH.edu or 713-743-2137.

LATINO POLITICS, SECURITY, THE DRUG WAR

CortinaJeronimo Cortina is an assistant professor in the University of Houston Department of Political Science and the Center for Mexican American Studies. He is a research associate at the Center for Public Policy at the University of Houston specializing in American and Latino politics, immigration and comparative politics. Professor Cortina is available to discuss the political and national security repercussions of this arrest for Mexico and the United States and what is next in relation to the region’s drug war. Cortina can be reached at jcortina@central.uh.edu or 713-743-3894.

POLICY TO ADDRESS DRUG CARTELS, US-MEXICO RELATIONS

Hart

John Mason Hart, John and Rebecca Moores Professor of History in the UH Department of History, is one of the nation’s foremost scholars on Mexico. Hart has served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Historical Division of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), and at the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH) in Mexico City.  Hart offers graduate seminars and historiography courses on modern Mexican history and undergraduate classes on Mexico, anarchism and U.S.--Mexican relations. Hart is available to lend historical, cultural and political perspective to Mexican drug cartels, as well as U.S. policies to address cartels and border-related issues. Hart can be reached at jhart@uh.edu or 713-743-3100.

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