I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of Minnesota. My academic interests lie broadly at the intersection of international law, diplomacy and domestic politics.
I am from Buenos Aires, Argentina and currently living in Minneapolis, MN.
Multinational corporations have increasingly used international tribunals to challenge government regulations they claim violate investment treaties, and have been awarded millions of dollars when successful. In response, states have started to push back in different ways: while some now draft their investment treaties more carefully to reduce liability, others exit the international investment system entirely. My dissertation traces how this dissatisfaction has developed and demonstrates why states have reacted to their shared dissatisfaction differently.
My findings illuminate a shift in the investment regime towards a re-assertion of state sovereignty and, in doing so, I address an increasingly crucial question in International Relations. While the discipline has traditionally puzzled over the willingness of states to give up their sovereignty by entering into international institutions, the defining puzzle of our time is why and how are states attempting to scale them back.