Gustavo Prieto


Gustavo Prieto is a Senior Researcher at the Department of European, Public and International Law, Ghent University. Human Rights Centre and Human Rights in Context. He has been studying the legitimacy of different legal regimes that regulate economic cross-border transactions in many countries including Ecuador (his country of origin), Belgium, Italy, Germany, Ukraine, and Russia. His current research focuses on the relation between Constitutional Courts and international investment arbitration, the history of international investment adjudication in the 20th century, and the governance of transnational digital infrastructures.

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Ecuador returns to the ICSID Convention: A brief assessment of its decade-long international investment law ‘exit strategy’

On July 6, 2009, Ecuador notified (here) the World Bank of its denunciation of the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (ICSID Convention). This denunciation formed part of a strategy of resistance to the international investment regime. Around that time, this South American country also began to terminate its…

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The Colombian Constitutional Court Judgment C-252/19: A new frontier for reform in international investment law

On 6 June 2019, the Colombian Constitutional Court announced its long-awaited decision (made public 2 July 2019) regarding the constitutionality of the 2014 Colombia – France Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT). Using an innovative line of reasoning, the Colombian Court did not only rule on whether or not this text was constitutional. It further declared the BIT to…

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