What Does The 2014 FIFA World Cup Mean for Human Trafficking in Brazil?



BY CASAUNDRA JOHNSON – In just a couple of months, the 2014 FIFA World Cup will take place in 12 different cities in Brazil.[1] Thousands of people around the world will flock to the country to compete, watch, and celebrate the events. However, such a high profile event comes with the risk of an increase […]



“Open for Business”: The Billion Dollar Plan to Revitalize Mariel



BY KELLY ROWLEY—In 1980, Mariel Harbor provided the departure point for 125,000 Cuban refugees fleeing Cuba for the United States.[1]  Thirty four years later, the seaside town, located 25 miles west of Havana, no longer serves as a symbol of refuge, but rather as a symbol of hope. Such newfound hope stems from an announcement […]



Food Safety Modernization Act: Cooperative Federalism and the Impact on Latin America



BY SEAN MCCLEARY—The Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”), which was passed on December 21, 2010,[1] attempts to increase food safety through cooperative federalism.  Under FSMA, the FDA will work closely with state governments and food importers to increase food inspection.[2]  Consumer interest in food safety has peaked in recent years; the CDC reports that 48 […]



Chaos in Venezuela



BY GABI ROSELL—Since early February, the streets of Venezuela have been full of riots.[1] Although the largest in recent times, the February protests in Venezuela were hardly the first the country has seen. For fourteen years, President Hugo Chávez led Venezuela under a socialist regime.[2] During his presidency, power in the executive branch accumulated, human […]

CURRENT ISSUE: Volume 45 Issue 1



Facilitando the Cloud: Data Protection Regulation as a Driver of National Competitiveness in Latin America



BY HORACIO E. GUTIERREZ & DANIEL KORN — Investments in Internet infrastructure throughout Latin America are beginning to pay off, particularly as consumers, businesses, government agencies, health care providers and educational institutions use Internet connections to access innovative cloud computing services. Indeed, the market for cloud computing in Latin America is expected to grow at an annual rate of 70 percent from 2012-16. This is not surprising, as cloud computing enables users with an Internet connection to affordably access a level of computing power that until recently was available only to companies with large IT budgets and in- house expertise.5 Most importantly, this technology has enormous potential to create new jobs, drive down costs, and promote social inclusion. Read More



Lotteries and Public Policy in United States and Commonwealth Caribbean Law: Scrutinizing the Success of Lotteries as a Voluntary and “Painless” Tax



BY STEPHEN J. LEACOCK — A government’s imposition of involuntary taxes on its subjects can have an incendiary impact on its subjects’ reaction to such taxes.  This is the case in both the U.S.5 as well as in the Commonwealth Caribbean. It is therefore every politician’s quest for the holy grail of a perfect tax-substitute source of governmental revenue. As a result, lotteries have become a modern-day Midas for governmental use in this regard. In fact, lotteries currently provide purportedly “painless” tax-substitute sources of revenue for governments in the U.S. as well as the Common-wealth Caribbean. Read More.




The Extradition Treaty Between Jamaica and the United States: Its History and the Saga of Christopher “Dudus” Coke



BY KENNETH L. LEWIS, JR. — Although the United States has been battling illicit drug trafficking for many years, during the last four decades, “interna- tional drug control bec[a]me a major priority in the formulation of United States foreign policy.” To that end, the United States, among other things: (1) enacted laws that would enable it to meet its obligations under international treaties3 and reduce domestic drug consumption; and (2) entered into new treaties that would facilitate the fight against multinational enterprises and conspira- tors involved in drug trafficking. Read More.



All Judicial Politics Are Local: The Political Trajectory of Judicial Reform in Haiti



BY LOUIS-ALEXANDRE BERG–In January 2012, the Haitian justice system produced two significant but seemingly contradictory decisions. The first came on January 19 at the end of a highly publicized trial of police officers and prison guards. Eight officers were convicted of using unreasonable force in firing on inmates during a prison riot in the city of Les Cayes, soon after the massive earthquake that shook Haiti in January 2010. The court’s decision was hailed as a “landmark moment for Haitian justice,” and seen as an encouraging sign that
the Haitian judiciary was asserting a newfound credibility in holding senior law enforcement officials accountable for human rights abuses. Read More