G&D Events: LANI

Summary of LANI’s events for the month of November


02/11 Día de Muertos Party

Auditorium Jacques-Freymond, from 9pm to 2am


Gisa Gradcom and Latin American Network Initiative – LANI invite you for the Día de Muertos party!

The tradition of Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, grew out of a combination of indigenous beliefs and European catholicism. Indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica have long seen death as transition in a continuum. For centuries the Aztec, Toltec and Maya believed that the spirits of the dead return on this day to pay a visit to their living relatives and friends.

The modern celebration involves making colourful altars or “ofrendas” of food, flowers and other items as an offering to the deceased. Skeletons, skulls made of sugar, ceramics or papier mâché provide final touches to these multilevel altars.

While the Día de Muertos and Halloween have completely different origins and meanings, both entail life and death, the spirits, the mysticism of the unknown and all such things that are still a mystery to humanity.

So in order to celebrate both cultures, put your costume on and let’s party!

WHERE: Auditorium Jacques-Freymond
WHEN: 2nd November, from 9pm to 2am

Complementary welcome tequila shot for the first people to arrive at the party, so don’t be late!
Beer, wine and shots- 3chf
Long drinks- 5chf
Soft drinks- 2 chf

Note: We will have TWINT available at the party as a payment method for drinks!

While dressing up in costume is highly encouraged, it is NOT mandatory. 


08/11: Diversity, land, and rights of indigenous peoples in Brazil 

A2, from 18-20 hrs


The event aims to discuss diversity and rights of indigenous peoples in Brazil, including the different narratives of integration and assimilation of indigenous persons in Brazil and Latin America more broadly. It will also tackle the importance of the territory for indigenous peoples and the additional challenges faced by them under the new administration in Brazil. 


The debate will address the issues of compliance with international environmental preservation and human rights law. It will also explore the connections between trade, consumption, deforestation and land conflicts. 


The indigenous leaders are coming in a campaign throughout Europe organized by Brazil’s Indigenous People Articulation – APIB. APIB is the representation of indigenous movements at the national level.



  • Célia Xakriabá (Anthropology PhD Candidate at UFMG-Brazil and activist from Xakriabá community, in Minas Gerais. She focuses on denouncing the historical absence of indigenous women in politics and other domains – such as universities- and the role of indigenous women in institutional spaces. She has been an advisor to the Minas Gerais Department of Education and a parliamentary advisor.)


  • Nara Baré (First female general coordinator of the Coordination of Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB), which represents 160 peoples from nine Amazonian states. Key activist figure in educating indigenous youth for political battle, through dialogue, confronting politicians, and building technical knowledge.)


  • Kretã Kaingang (Originally from the Mangueirinha Indigenous Land, a threatened forest area in Paraná. Kretã helped create the Free Land Camp (Acampamento Terra Livre), which is now the largest forum of the Brazilian indigenous movement. He also initiated and led the indigenous battle against fracking, which enables the extraction practices.)


  • Alberto Terena (Pedagogue specialized in school management. Served on the National Commission for Indigenous School Education from 2004 to 2010 and is currently part of the Terena Council, which defends the territory, education, and health of these people who live in Mato Grosso do Sul. He is also the executive coordinator of the Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil.)




13/11: Cineclub: “A Quiet Inquisition” 

Picciotto Common Room, 18-21 hrs


Following the mark of the “Gender and Diversity Month”, LANI will promote a movie screening followed by a discussion around the right and access to abortion in Latin America. 


Synopsis: “At a public hospital in Nicaragua, OBGYN Dr. Carla Cerrato must choose between following a law that bans all abortions and endangers her patients or taking a risk and providing the care that she knows can save a woman’s life. In 2007, Dr. Cerrato’s daily routine took a detour. The newly elected government of Daniel Ortega, a former Marxist revolutionary who converted to Catholicism to win votes, overturned a 130-year-old law protecting therapeutic abortion. The new law entirely prohibits abortion, even in cases of rape, incest, or when a woman’s life is at stake. As Carla and her colleagues navigate this dangerous dilemma, the impact of this law emerges—illuminating the tangible reality of prohibition against the backdrop of a political, religious, and historically complex national identity. The emotional core of the story—the experiences and situations of the young women and girls who are seeking care—illustrate the ethical implications of one doctor’s response.”


21/11: Women’s rights in Latin America

S5, 18:30-20:00


Talk on the issue of Women’s Rights Standards in the Inter-American System, including abortion. The intervention will be followed by a Q&A session.



  • Prof. Monica Pinto is the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers and has extensive experience in many organizations. She is the Dean and professor of international law and human rights law at the Law School of the University of Buenos Aires.




23/11: Libertadores Cup Final

Picciotto Common Room, 21:30-24:00


We will screen the final from the main football competition in South America: The Libertadores Cup. This year, for first time it will be a single match and it will be a great opportunity to enjoy this match all together. Competing for the title are Flamengo (Brazil) and River Plate (Argentina).


28/11: The Latin American Contribution to International Law

A2, 18-20 hrs


Conference “The Latin American Contribution to Public International Law” co-organized by the student initiative the Latin American Network Initiative (LANI) and the International Law Department.



  • Judge Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade, International Court of Justice (ICJ). Prior to his appointment to the ICJ, he was President to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and held several positions in international organizations. Judge Cançado Trindade is an experienced lecturer and author, published in numerous countries and several languages.





  • Romina Pezzot, second-year Master in International Law and LANI’s member 
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