Chicago-Kent dean visits Paraguay to discuss joint legal programs

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

At the invitation of Chancellor Gerónimo Laviosa González of the National University of the East in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, Dean Harold Krent visited the university and gave a speech to university students, faculty and administrators about the importance of an independent judiciary.

After the speech, Dean Krent, the first U.S. law dean to visit the university, was presented with a special resolution declaring him an honorary guest of the university.

"I was honored to receive the resolution, and welcomed like family," said Dean Krent. "I look forward to future cooperation."

Earlier in the trip, Dean Krent met in Asunción with the president of the Paraguayan National Congress and several Paraguayan senators to share views on the legislative role and legislative priorities. Dean Krent also visited the Supreme Court of Paraguay, where he met with the Supreme Court president and five Supreme Court ministers to explore issues confronting the Court and the increasing intellectual property challenges in Paraguay.

Finally, Dean Krent visited the headquarters of the Itaipu Binational Dam, the world's first hydroelectric dam based on its capacity for renewable energy production, where he discussed with Itaipu's general director and the director of legal affairs potential student environmental projects as well as legal training for Itaipu staff.

Founded in 1888, Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, a private, technology-focused, research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law.