Global Engagement Series - Investment, Human Rights, and Sustainable Development in a Changing Latin America Order

As part of its 2021 Annual Meeting (March 24-26), the American Society of International Law invites our members and colleagues from around the world to participate in a special series of sessions focusing on regional issues of international law and policy that will be affected by the new Biden-Harris Administration.

The Global Engagement Series will be presented in cooperation with leading regional societies of international law. The sessions will be available worldwide, free of charge.


Latin American Society of International Law


This session will focus on Latin America in light of changes in the global legal order. What are the implications of the new Biden administration for relations with Latin America as regards international economic law, human rights and environmental law (including climate change), and their intersection? What are the implications for investment law and its reform, including in terms of its relation to potential positive obligations and counterclaims against investors for corruption and human rights and environmental violations? What are the implications of China’s economic rise and its investment and trade with Latin America? What is the current role of the Organization of American States and the Inter-American Human Rights system in this connection? Relatedly, what developments are occurring in the relations of international tribunals and domestic courts in Latin America in these substantive areas? Panelists will present a range of perspectives on these questions.


  • Alberto do Amaral, University de São Paulo Faculty of Law
  • Maria Teresa Infante, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
  • Lucinda Low (moderator), Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • Pedro Martinez-Fraga, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Jorge Viñuales, University of Cambridge Faculty of Law
(Speaker organizations are shown as of March 2021)