Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

CIAO DATE: 10/2010

Thinking twice about a gold rush: Pacific Rim v El Salvador

Gus Van Harten

May 2010

Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment


Drawing on the case brought against El Salvador by Pacific Rim, the author examines the tension in international investment law between encouraging stability and allowing adaptation to new circumstances and raises a number of resulting concerns about the international arbitration process.