1.- Short Notes on the History of South America.
2.- Current Economic and Political Situation in Brazil:
reforms on taxation; social security and judiciary;
the Real Plan, characteristics;
pillars, exchange rate and interest rate;
lack of fiscal adjustment;
the Brazilian economy in the 90`s; and
the political quandary.
3.- Mercosul: Formation and Evolution:
The Uruguay Round of the GATT and the move towards regionalism, NAFTA, MERCOSUL and the FTAA;
Objectives and first successes of Mercosul;
Exclusionary trade or possible trade (59% agriculture);
Distortions, shortcomings and the exchange regime;
The fiscal weakness in Brazil;
The adverse international situation.
4.- Mercosul and the Current Crisis:
Currencies and exchange;
Troubled sectors: sugar; automotive; paper; textiles; poultry; shoes; steel.
5.- Future risks:
multilateral, WTO (social dumping, multilateral agreement on investments, agriculture, services, environment, etc.);
regional, FTAA (agriculture, services, etc.);
international (IMF, institutional); and, but not least,
Lawyer admitted in Brazil, England and Wales and Portugal. GATT and WTO panelist. Brazilian government ad-hoc representative for the Uruguay Round of the GATT. Post-graduation professor of the law of international trade.