Costa Rica Takes the Lead in COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates



By Marina Santos, 2L Earlier this year, as the COVID-19 infection rates declined, many were hopeful for a return to “normal.” However, the introduction and spread of the Delta variant put people on their toes once more. After spikes of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, there has been lots of speculation regarding whether governments across […]



The Challenges of Immigration Policy Regarding Haitian and Mexican Migrants and Covid-19



By Brennan Shechtman, 2L After the Haitian president’s assassination in July, the Caribbean country has been in a state of political turmoil, unrest, and violence, with thousands of Haitian migrants seeking asylum in Mexico and the United States. Amid this recent influx, the U.S. has already been dealing with border problems with Mexico, as border patrol […]



The Prime Minister’s Gambit and Its Relation to Inter-American Democracies



By Samuel Kramer, 2L On September 20, 2021, Canada held federal elections—about two years ahead of schedule. These types of elections are called “snap elections” and occur when the Governor General dissolves parliament at the request of the Prime Minister. Opponents criticized Trudeau for calling the election in the middle of a global pandemic. Commentators […]



Canada and United States Collaborate to Bring Safety to Vulnerable Afghan Refugees



By Giovanna Spargo, 2L In August, soon after the Taliban seized Afghanistan, Afghan citizens understandably began to panic, looking for passage out of their home country under Sharia law. As of September 16, over 124,000 people have evacuated the country, and more continue to flee to safety. A massive global effort to provide safe homes for thousands […]



Cubans Reach a Rare Boiling Point as Covid-19 Spikes and Economic Conditions Deteriorate



By Marcos Martinez, 3L Thousands of Cubans across the island flooded the streets to protest the regime’s handling of the dire economic conditions of the state. The series of protests stretching from July 11, 2021, to July 17, 2021, was the country’s largest anti-government movement since the 1959 Cuban Revolution, and the first major protest […]



Canadian Border Travel Restrictions Have Created Temporary Business Opportunities for US Transportation Companies, But When and How Will the Border Open up Again?



By: Daniel DeWitt, 2L Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S.-Canada border has been closed to non-essential travel for more than a year. Since March of 2020, the border has been shut down and extended on a month-by-month basis, now through May 2021. The restrictions have made it difficult and costly for Canadians to return home […]



The Caribbean island nation of Puerto Rico might soon have a real chance at statehood



By: Alexa Garcia, 2L Congress is currently considering two bills that involve Puerto Rican statehood: the Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act and the Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act of 2021. The Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act was proposed by Florida Representative Darren Soto (D) and Puerto Rico’s nonvoting Representative Jenniffer González Colón (R). The bill consists of a […]




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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 […]