Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 10/2010

Mining for facts: PacRim Cayman LLC v. El Salvador

Alexandre de Gramont

September 2010

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment


In his recent article, “Thinking twice about a gold rush: Pacific Rim v. El Salvador” (Columbia FDI Perspectives, No. 23, May 24, 2010), Professor Gus Van Harten uses the PacRim v. El Salvador arbitration, pending at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), as the basis for asserting a number of criticisms against the overall system of arbitration under investment treaties.