Globalization of Water Privatization: Ramifications of Investor-State Disputes in the “Blue Gold” Economy

Abstract: The world of water services changed significantly over the last two decades, opening it to new business possibilities as promoted by different international financial institutions. Such prospects arose in the face of extraordinary population growth and dire water expansion needs. Accordingly, a vast increase of water-services privatization contracts between foreign investors and states ensued. […]

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Making an Offer They Can’t Refuse: Corporate Investment in Africa and the Divestment of Indigenous Land Rights

Abstract: International investment in African land is booming. In many circumstances, investors target land occupied by indigenous populations without official title. National laws providing protection for the land rights of these indigenous populations have proved rare and ineffective due to the driving need for investment and the perceived impediment to investment such laws create. The […]

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Protecting Government Secrets: A Comparison of the Espionage Act and the Official Secrets Act

Abstract: The practice of leaking confidential government information to members of the press is a longstanding American tradition widely condoned as vital to government transparency.  Until 2009, prosecutions of leakers were virtually unknown. Since then, however, there has been an increase in the number of prosecutions under the Espionage Act, the federal statute criminalizing unauthorized […]

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A Case for Arbitration: The Philippines’ Solution for the South China Sea Dispute

Abstract: Arbitration under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) would be the most effective resolution method and would lead to the most favorable outcome for the Philippines against China in the South China Sea (SCS) Dispute. The Philippines will likely not pursue adjudication in the International Court […]

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Mexico’s Catch-22: How the Necessary Extradition of Drug Cartel Leaders Undermines Long-Term Criminal Justice Reforms

Abstract: Grisly cartel violence has plagued Mexico in recent decades, effectively destabilizing its government and encasing its citizenry in trepidation and fear. A joint operation between Mexican Marines and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in February 2014, however, finally penetrated the myth of invulnerability for drug trafficking organizations with the arrest of that world’s most […]

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