Category Archives: IALR Posts

Chile Chooses to Draft New Constitution, Scrap Dictatorship-Era Charter

By: Ryan Tahiri, 2L On October 25, 2020, Chile held a referendum to decide whether to retain its current constitution or draft a new charter. The current constitution was drawn up in 1980 under the rule of General Augusto Pinochet, the leader of Chile’s former military dictatorship. Chileans were strongly in support of replacing the […]

COVID-19 and the Impacts on International Trade

By: Kristina Thoren, 2L Flashed upon many of our news screens there have been news articles detailing a second wave of COVID-19 coming. There is now a strong urgency to make sure there is a collaborative international response to deal with governance frameworks that impact international trade. No country can entirely be self-sufficient, trade is […]

Cuban Embargo Cont.: The U.S. Imposes New Sanctions Against Cuba

By: Andres Chinchilla, 2L On September 23, 2020,  the Trump Administration imposed new sanctions against the Cuban government. These sanctions restrict U.S. travelers from, among other things, importing Cuban cigars or staying in government-owned hotels. This new policy follows recent restrictions by the Trump Administration targeting U.S. travel to Cuba. Such travel restrictions include the […]

Why Status Plebiscites Mean Nothing Without Congressional Action and the Uncertain Future of Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act of 2020

By: Alejandro Anselmi Gonzalez, 2L The United States has been in possession of Puerto Rico since 1898. Since then, Congress, under authority conferred by the Territory Clause, has passed multiple laws incorporating Puerto Rico into the American constitutional framework. For instance, the Foraker Act of 1900 established a civilian government in Puerto Rico; the Jones-Shafroth […]