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Latin America and international investment law: A mosaic of resistance

Edited by: Sufyan Droubi, Cecilia Juliana Flores Elizondo

ISBN13: 9781526155078
Published: February 2022
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Latin America has been a complex laboratory for the development of international investment law. While some governments and non-state actors have remained true to the Latin American tradition of resistance towards the international investment law regime, other governments and actors have sought to accommodate said regime in the region. Consequently, a profusion of theories and doctrines, too often embedded in clashing narratives, has emerged. In Latin America, the practice of international investment law is the vivid amalgamation of the practice of governments sometimes resisting and sometimes welcoming mainstream approaches; the practice of lawyers assisting foreign investors from outside and within the region; and the practice of civil society, indigenous peoples and other actors in their struggle for human rights and sustainable development.

Latin America and international investment law describes the complex roles that governments have played vis-à-vis foreign investors and investments; the refreshing but clashing forces that international organizations, corporations, civil society, and indigenous peoples have brought to the field; and the contribution that Latin America has made to the development of the theory and practice of international investment law, notably in fields in which the Latin American experience has been traumatic: human rights and sustainable development.

Latin American scholars have been contributing to the theory of international investment law for over a century; resting on the shoulders of true giants, this volume aims at pushing this contribution a little further.

Other Jurisdictions , Latin America, International Investment Law
Part I: The mosaic of states
1. Constructing the Calvo Doctrine: Claims to universality and charges of particularism - Philip Burton
2. Calvo Doctrine and the South American mosaic: Members, sissidents and an outsider - Magdalena Bas Vilizzio
3. Pluralist approaches to dispute settlement mechanisms - Henrique Choer Moraes and Facundo Pérez Aznar
4. The Brazilian Cooperation and Facilitation Investment Agreement as a model for Latin America - Leonardo Valladares Pacheco de Oliveira and Marcus Spangenberger
5. A critical approach to the investment facilitation debate - Luciana Ghiotto
6. Domestic courts in the Latin American mosaic: Transformative constitutionalism and fair and equitable treatment - Rene Urueña and Maria Angelica Prada-Uribe
Part II: The mosaic of non-state actors
7. Corporations and international investment law in Latin America - Claus von Wobeser
8. Sociedad Civil Transnacional y Derecho Internacional Comercial y de Inversiones - Adoración Guamán
9. Latin America, indigenous peoples and investments: Resistance and accommodation - Sufyan Droubi, Cecilia Juliana Flores Elizondo and Raphael Heffron
Part III: The mosaic of narratives
10. International investment and human rights in Latin America: A quest for balance - Rodrigo Polanco Lazo and Felipe Ferreira Catalan
11. ISDS and human rights: A Latin American dialectic - Farouk El-Hosseny, Patrick Devine and Ilan Brun-Vargas
12. Inversiones internacionales y el derecho humano al agua: Análisis desde una nueva perspectiva interdisciplinaria - Javier Echaide
13. Investor's need to obtain Social License: A sustainable development argument in investor-state dispute settlement - Sebastián Preller-Bórquez

Afterword: International Investment Law in Latin America: Universalizing Resistance - Fabian Cardenas and Jean d'Aspremont