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 […]



Arbitrating Telecommunications Disputes in Latin America: A Strategic Sector in a Complex Region



By: Edgar Bustamante 1.              Introduction In the first section, I will refer to the regional developments and historical data about telecommunications infrastructure in Latin America. Secondly, I will establish the background of telecommunications in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the political and economic transformations that developed in the region during those years. I will […]



Startup B2B Conflicts: Arbitration of Technology Sector Disputes in Latin America



By: Thaís Amaral Dourado 1.              Introduction Startups are not only about interplanetary trips and video game engineering.  Well, they are about it too.  These projects are precisely what the American unicorn startup companies SpaceX and Epic Games have been working on. SpaceX was valued at US$33.3 billion in 2019[1] and Epic Games at almost US$15 […]



The Scope of New Brazilian Investment Protections: Intellectual Property and the Limits of an Alternate Approach



By: Ana Sarmento 1.              Introduction Bilateral investment treaties (BITs) are “international agreements establishing the terms and conditions for private investment by nationals and companies of one state in another state.”[1] BITs usually provide for investor-state arbitration, a mechanism that allows an investor to bring an arbitral claim against a state to enforce the BIT’s protections.  Brazil has […]



Energy Disputes and Corruption: The Challenges for Brazilian Regional Arbitral Institutions



By: Christiane Freire de Paula Reis 1.              Introduction Corruption and International Arbitration have been around for a long time. It is also true that in the past decades there was a great hike of cases in which both topics are intertwined.  Corruption is everywhere and it is never going to be totally vanished, but due […]



Public Good or Private Commodity: Arbitration and the Privatization of Public Services in Latin America



By: Natalia Jaramillo  1.              Introduction Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of mythical Macondo, a utopic town of fantasy created by the patriarch of the Buendía Family, where people lose their memory and resort to fortune tellers to understand their past.[1] For years the town is isolated from the outside […]




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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 […]