Emory International Law Review

Volume 32Issue 1

You Say Embargo, I Say Bloqueo—A Policy Recommendation for Promoting Foreign Direct Investment and Safeguarding Human Rights in Cuba

Marcia Narine Weldon | 32 Emory Int'l L. Rev. 1 (2017)

The United States’ and Cuba’s strained relationship exists, at least in part, due to a fundamental disagreement as to the definition of human rights. While this relationship has warmed in recent years, the United States still has an embargo imposed on Cuba, prohibiting U.S. business development in Cuba until the Cuban government commits to democratization and human rights reform. A bilateral investment treaty between the two nations can help facilitate both human rights development and increased foreign investment in Cuba. Such a treaty could require an examination of human rights impacts on Cubans before investors could commit funds to the nation and, in turn, would provide mechanisms to protect investment interests. Creating a bilateral investment treaty with the inclusion of human rights clauses would promote U.S. interests in Cuba by providing protection for Cuban citizens while allowing investors to commit capital to the nation.

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International Economic Law, Gender Equality, and Paternity Leave: Can the WTO Be Utilized to Balance the Division of Care Labor Worldwide?

Taylor Stoneman | 32 Emory Int'l L. Rev. 51 (2017)

Women and men have never been treated equally when it comes to the division of care labor worldwide, and international law replicates this inequality. While women are more empowered now than ever before, women still bear the primary responsibility for caring for children and performing housework. In order to combat global gender inequality, international law must embrace more gender-neutral standards. One way to do so is to link labor to trade through the World Trade Organization, incorporating gender-neutral labor standards in a way that imposes substantive obligations on Member States. As a result, the imposition of paid paternity leave at the international level could help overcome traditional social attitudes toward care labor that would foster gender equality both in the home and in the workplace.

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