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The remarkable life and legacy of indigenous leader Berta Cáceras
Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres was a strong voice against free trade and fought for the Lenca people’s right to live on their sacred land.
Corporate lawsuits could devastate poor countries grappling with Covid-19
Wealthy corporations may use trade courts to keep public health measures from cutting into their profits.
Silent expansion
Many countries, particularly in the global south, are in the process of joining the Energy Charter Treaty despite the sweeping powers it grants to foreign investors.
Guatemalan water protectors persist, despite mining company threats
The hard work of protecting water and land from the long-term harms associated with gold and silver mining takes place daily on the frontlines of tenacious struggles throughout Latin America and around the world.
Mining companies use excessive legal powers to gamble with Latin American lives
In more than two-thirds of the mining-related lawsuits against governments in the region, communities have actively organizing against the mining activities.
New report exposes mining companies suing Latin American countries where communities defend land and environment
We analyzed 38 multi-million dollar claims brought by the mining industry using ISDS and other investment protection laws; in over half, communities are fighting to protect Indigenous territory, water, and more.
The battle for Latin America: How the US helped destroy the “pink tide”
After sponsoring juntas until well into the 1990s, the US went after Central and South America with “free trade” deals before once again working with extremists.
China’s construction binge spreads to Americas, rattles US
China’s expansion in Latin America of its Belt and Road initiative to build ports and other trade-related facilities is stirring alarm in Washington over Beijing’s ambitions in a region that American leaders since the 19th century have seen as off-limits to other powers.
Winners and losers
How the Global South is affected by the current trade turmoil – and old patterns of power.
China’s Belt and Road Initiative and its two Latin American gateways
Chile and Panama offer China two important physical entry points into Latin America. Chile features an attractive legal framework for the protection of Chinese investments in the country. Panama is following suit. A ripple effect in the region is foreseeable.
Latin America dispute resolution update – the latest developments in cross-border disputes involving the US and Latin America (February 2019)
New claims against Latin American countries. Ecuador, Argentina and Uruguay pass new investment and arbitration laws.
Energy arbitration in Latin America
Latin American countries have been respondents in approximately 30 per cent of all International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) cases.
Conflicts between Latin American countries and transnational corporations: The challenges of the region in the face of asymmetrical investment treaties
Facing multimillion dollar claims, many Latin American states have become critical of investment arbitration. A group of researchers building a database of legal and policy tools aims to change this.
Deported Mexicans: From exploited and precarious workers to forced migrants of return
Forced migrants, refugees and deportees are an irrefutable and undeniable example of the world as a chronically unequal and structurally inequitable scenario. In the era of globalization, human rights are not met or respected.
Peru: Final statement from the people’s summit
The representatives of social and popular organizations of Peru, Latin America and the Caribbean, met in Lima, Peru from April 10 to 14, 2018 to discuss the political, social and economic reality of Our America.
Indonesia turns to Latin America to diversify trade portfolio
After achieving a foreign trade surplus last year on the back of strong demand for minerals and agricultural products, Indonesia is looking to sustain growth by building ties with new markets, as well as deepening relationships with existing partners.
China willing to negotiate signing of free trade agreements with Uruguay
China is willing to negotiate step by step free trade agreements with Uruguay and other countries in South America.
Chinese FM meets Chile’s president-elect on bilateral ties
China is willing to further deepen the comprehensive strategic partnership with Chile, and enhance cooperation with Latin America within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.
China announces it will begin “a greater push” to conquer trade in the hemisphere
Chinese Ambassador to Argentina Yang Wanming urged Latin American nations to increase trade ties to China, promoting Beijing’s “One Belt One Road” project and warning Beijing will begin a “greater push” to conquer trade in the hemisphere.
ISDS in numbers
Impacts of investment arbitration against Latin America and the Carribbean.