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7 Jun 2016


WTI researchers participate in LASA jubilee conference

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) celebrated its 50th anniversary with a conference held from 27 to 30 May in New York. Three WTI researchers were part of the conference programme that brought together academics, scholars and political figures.

Prominent guests included salsa musician and social activist Willy Colón, linguist and social critic Noam Chomsky, former Chilean President Ricardo Lagos, and Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís.

From the WTI, PhD student Carolina Palma presented her research on ‘New Developments in the International Investment Regime: the case of Costa Rica’, and fellow candidate Victor Saco presented research entitled ‘The successful performance of Peru before ICSID Tribunals: Would it last with its new treaties?’. Both papers were presented in the session ‘Latin American Contributions to the Global Investment Regime’, organised by Fabio C Morosini, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil and chaired by Rodrigo Polanco of the WTI.

Dr Polanco presented a paper co-written with WTI faculty member Pierre Sauvé entitled ‘A New Kid on the Block: Embedding the Principles of Regulatory Coherence in the TPP’, in the session ‘The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Expanding Trade, or Constraining Growth?’, organised by Michael J Twomey (University of Michigan, Dearborn) and chaired by Adrian H Hearn, University of Melbourne.

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. Its mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas; to promote the interests of its diverse membership; and to encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.