Honduran Supreme Court Approves Former President’s Extradition; U.S. Department of Justice Readies Prosecution



By David Scollan, 2L This week, Honduras’ Supreme Court approved the extradition of the country’s former president, Juan Orlando Hernández, to face narcotics and weapons trafficking charges in the United States. He is accused, among other charges, of participating in a wide-ranging drug-trafficking scheme between 2004 and 2022. Notably, his relationship with drug cartels and their leaders, like […]



Start-Up Investment in Latin America Continues to Transform Financial Inclusion



By Tyler Bridgeman, 2L Latin American economies have, on average, grown faster than those of developed regions but still lag far behind the growth of other developing economies. The moderate growth rates forced Latin American governments to search for novel solutions, with many of those governments turning to digital and automation technologies to foster growth. The focus on digitization […]



Mexico’s Refusal to Sanction Russia May Impact Its Trade Relationship with the United States



By Nicholas Pierre-Paul, 2L The world’s strongest economies are uniting and combining efforts to punish President Putin’s unprovoked war against Ukraine. The United States and its allies’ sanctions include barring the export of important technology to Russia, removing certain central Russian banks from SWIFT, and freezing the assets of specific Russian officials. Notably, Mexico—one of the United […]



Mayan Indigenous Communities Fight for their Land and Rights against Mining Corporations



By Melany J. Danielson, 2L On February 9, 2022, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (“IACHR”) heard arguments from the Agua Calienta community, a Maya Q’eqchi’ Indigenous group in Guatemala, that claims the Guatemalan government failed to guarantee them legal rights to their ancestral lands—with final arguments presented on March 11, 2022.   Agua Caliente is one of sixteen Maya Q’eqchi’ communities […]



Mexican Avocado Imports Resume after Brief Ban Due to Drug Cartel’s Threats



By Ashley Rahaim, 2L As of recent years, the avocado demands keep rising within the United States, making avocados one of Mexico’s chief exports from the Michoacán region. In 2020, the United States imported $2.8 billion of the total $3 billion of avocados exported out of the area as a whole.  Due to the profitability of the avocado industry, cartels […]



Canada Invokes Emergencies Act in Response to ‘Freedom Convoy’ Protests



By Kayla Wong, 2L For the first time in history, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for the enactment of Canada’s Emergencies Act to bestow the government added powers in times of national crisis. The recent call for emergency powers comes after protesters blocked a major international bridge for nearly a week. The Canadian Ambassador Bridge ties Windsor […]



Puerto Rico’s Unprecedented Bankruptcy Comes to an End



By Sara Lazarevic, 2L Puerto Rico’s five-year bankruptcy is finally coming to an end. In January, a federal judge approved a restructuring plan that will slash the island’s debt by $33 billion, reducing the debt by 80 percent. It’s the largest restructuring plan the U.S.—or the world—has seen, surpassing the prior record holder, Detroit, by nearly $56 […]




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IALR Presents its 2021-2022 Executive Board and Candidate Class



The Inter-American Law Review proudly announces its 2021-2022 Executive Board. Congratulations to these dedicated members of our law review: Editor in Chief: Alexa Garcia Executive Editors: Kristina Thoren & Jessica Santos Managing Editor: Alejandra de la Camara Student Writing Editors: Camila Chediak & Alejandro Anselmi Gonzalez Online Publications Editor: Nicole Vila Articles and Comments Editors: Minerva Santiago Acevedo, Samantha Johnson, David Prieto & […]



IALR Proudly Announces the Student Notes Selected For Publication



The Inter-American Law Review would like to congratulate the following members on their selection for publication: Richard Perez, Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon Under Jair Bolsonaro’s Reign: A Growing Ecological Disaster and How It May Be Reduced Gabriela Valentín Díaz, The Right to Food in Puerto Rico: Where Colonialism and Disaster Meet Romney Manassa, Federalism in the Era […]