Author Archives: Nicole Vila

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 […]