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Broken PROMESA? Democratic Accountability and Governance in

Broken PROMESA? Democratic Accountability and Governance in Puerto Rico
Monday, November 18, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Program Fee:
Free for Members | $15 Non-Members

The Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico was created under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act of 2016 (PROMESA). The Board consists of seven members appointed by the president from lists prepared by congressional leaders and who can only be removed "for cause."  In early October, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in UTIER v. Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico in which bondholders and unions, with the support of a cross-ideological coalition of amici, are challenging the constitutionality of the Board member’s appointments.  Specifically, the challengers allege that the Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution requires that the U.S. Senate confirm high-level federal officers and that the board members were within the scope of this clause. This panel will discuss the potential outcomes of the Utier case and its implications for Puerto Rico's status, right to democratic governance and the restructuring of the island's debt. 

Natasha Bannan, Associate Counsel, Latino Justice and Co-Chair of the Puerto Rico Task Force

Carlos M. "Charlie" Hernández López, former Majority Leader of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives and counsel for the Autonomous Municipality of San Juan
Jessica E. Méndez-Colberg, partner at Bufete Emmanuelli, C.S.P. and counsel for UTIER

Sponsoring Association Committee:
Puerto Rico Task Force | Rick Antonoff and Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, Co-Chairs

Co-Sponsoring Association Committee:
Civil Rights Committee | Zoey Chenitz, Chair
Inter-American Affairs Committee | Michael A. Fernandez, Chair
International Human Rights Committee | Lauren Melkus, Chair

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