Protecting Investment Structures in Latin America: The Panama Annulment of an Ecuador Law Award Against Non-Signatories



By: Rita Halabi 1.              Introduction Most people are risk averse.  That explains why thirty-day return policies and free flight cancellations exist.  That bungee-jumping and sky diving are considered “extreme” rather than “mainstream” sports equally supports the conclusion that by and large, people tend to avoid risk. As it happens, the same is true for investors, […]



The Road from Commisa: Implications for Public Private Arbitration in Mexico



By: Joshua Lechuga 1.  Introduction The last five decades have witnessed a remarkable growth in the rise of public-private contracts and related disputes. On one hand, populist governments have attempted to push to further restrict the arbitration of public contracts.  On the other hand, countries like the U.S. treat public private contracts as if they […]



Operação Lava Jato: How Latin America’s Largest Corruption Scandal Has Created the Perfect Storm Ahead of Brazil’s General Elections



By: Jessica Santos, 2L On March 8, 2021, Brazil’s supreme court ruled that former judge Sergio Moro was biased in overseeing former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s (“Lula”) corruption trial, born out of “Operação Lava Jato” (“Operation Car Wash”)––the country’s largest corruption scandal investigation to date. This ruling effectively annulled a series of […]



The Biden Administration and the Unknown Future of U.S. – Cuba Relations



By: David Prieto, 2L On April 11, 2015, President Obama met with Cuban President Raul Castro in what was the first in-person meeting between both nations’ leaders in half a century. The U.S., up until this point, had increasingly sanctioned Cuba since the Cuban Revolution, when Cuba began to nationalize U.S. owned properties and aligned […]



Temporary Protected Status (TPS) approved for Venezuela



By: Minerva Santiago Acevedo, 2L On March 8, 2021, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, announced the assignment of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuela. TPS grants people who cannot return to their countries because of “natural disasters, armed conflicts, or other conditions” protection from being deported and a work […]



Demands Increase for Mexican Government to Address Country’s Rampant Gender-Based Violence



By: Lily Fontenot, 2L On March 8, 2021, in honor of International Women’s Day, approximately 20,000 women marched the streets of Mexico City demanding that the country take action against the widespread violence against women. The women, through their powerful chants and signs, demanded justice for victims of rape, femicide and other gender crimes and […]



Colombia’s Peace Court Issues its First Indictments



By: Alejandra De La Camara, 2L Victims of the longest-running war in the Americas are in the process of providing testimony against perpetrators in a historic new court, Colombia’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP). Established in 2016 following the end of the country’s civil war, the Court had not yet attributed criminal responsibility to former […]




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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 […]



IALR Proudly Presents its 2020-2021 Executive Board



The Inter-American Law Review proudly announces its 2019-2029 Executive Board! Congratulations to these dedicated members of our law review. Editor in Chief: Alex Duffant Executive Editors: Rafael Paz & Joyce Wu Managing Editor: Amber Couzo Student Writing Editor: Vincent Halloran Online Publications Editor: Gabriela Falla Articles and Comments Editors: Abigal Plouf, Annie Rosenthal, Lauren Silk, & Gabriela Valentín Díaz Alumni Advisor Editor: Andrea Ochoa […]