Category Archives: IALR Posts

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 […]