Book launch: "The Economic Accomplices of the Dictatorship in Argentina: Outstanding Debts to Settle"
Horacio Verbitsky and Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky bring together contributions, from more than twenty specialists, in this book that aims to reveal complicity that existed between economic and other private actors and the dictatorship in Argentina.
The kinds of collaboration discussed in the book include private companies, banks, and the media. The book also discusses illegal appropriations of businesses, the role of lawyers, business organizations, economic think tanks, the Catholic hierarchy, and scholars. Theoretical approaches used in the book include the economic logic of authoritarian governments, rational choice, transitional justice and accountability for non-state actors’ human rights abuses.
The book brings together in one volume the substantive information on civil and economic complicity in the Argentine dictatorship. In so doing, it contributes to the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and the guarantee of non-repetition.
6.30pm Welcome reception
7.30pm Opening Remarks by Ambassador Alicia Castro
• Horacio Verbitsky, editor, President of CELS
• Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, editor, UN Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights;
• Leigh Payne, Professor of Sociology, University of Oxford
• Gabriel Pereira, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford; and member of Andhes
• Camilo Sanchez, Research Coordinator of the Center for the Study of Law, Justice, and Society –DeJusticia, Colombia
• Chantal Mouffe, Professor of Political Theory, University of Westminster
Organized by the Latin American Centre, University of Oxford and the Argentine Embassy in the United Kingdom
Sponsored by the Open Society Foundation