Is the Legitimacy Crisis in the Eye of the Beholder?


Essay presented on the Topic: “How Do We Design for Legitimacy?” for The University of Miami School of Law and Young ICCA full-tuition scholarship competition.
March 2012

This essay examines the current state of affairs regarding Ecuador’s challenge to the legitimacy of the international investment arbitration system following the tension created by the Lago Agrio domestic litigation and the related international arbitration under the US-Ecuador BIT. The essay reflects on Ecuador’s precise submissions to the legitimacy debate while providing support for the literature in the defense of the current system of investor-state arbitration. After analyzing the detailed reasons for Ecuador’s current critique; and finding them to respond mostly to endogenous factors related to the country’s new mandates under the 2008 Constitution, this essay attempts to provide a design for legitimacy through treaty drafting and negotiation for the Country’s future participation in the international investment arbitration scenario.


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