BY ABRAHAM RUBERT-SCHEWEL–The American embargo against Cuba began on October 19, 1960. It was initiated in response to the rebellion and eventual takeover led by Fidel Castro against the U.S. backed government of Fulgenico Batista. The conflict peaked during the Cuban Missile crises of 1962, and resulted in President John F. Kennedy ordering a naval […]
BY THOMAS WHITE–In the early morning of 21 August 2013, the farmers living in the region of Ghouta, Syria, arose to an unexpected and horrific reality: sarin gas rained from the sky. Although the Syrian civil war had been raging for more than two years prior to the chemical weapons attack, the use of weapons […]
BY RACHEL WALKER– New Law. On Thursday December 12, 3013, the Mexican government opened up its 95-billion-dollar a year industry to foreign investment. This decision was not without controversy. By allowing foreign investment in its oil industry, the Mexican government has essentially engaged in the largest reform of its oil industry in the past 75 […]
BY ROBERT BERNSTEIN–The Amazon Basin, home to one-third of all known species in the world, is an absolutely critical location for human survival. This fact makes the Amazon the prime location for strict environmental protection laws. The Brazilian government, however, seems to be failing in its efforts to prevent deforestation and the overall degradation of […]
CURRENT ISSUE: Volume 44 Issue 2
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.
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