Penn State International Law Review


Luz E. Nagle

First Paragraph

The rule of law and respect for human rights in Latin America are under assault. Internal armed conflict spanning many years' duration in several Latin nations, criminal gangs and international crime organizations, international terrorist cells operational in the region, government corruption, loss of faith by citizens in their government institutions, the emergence of neo-feudalism in rural territories and areas of vital strategic importance, increased pressures on indigenous cultures, and the unregulated exploitation of natural resources by legal and illegal actors-all conspire to cast the Latin American world into a region of transborder conflict, lawlessness, and long term political and social instability.