I was interviewed for “Dreams of the sea”, an award-winning reportage on Bolivia that was published in the Financial Times magazine. The piece has won the Bodley Head/FT essay prize, a competition that attracts hundreds of entries from writers around the world every year.
The credit for the quality of the piece goes all to the writer, Laurence Blair, who knows Chile and Bolivia well, having lived in both countries. The praise this piece received from historian Simon Schama (one of the competition judges) for its “deep sensitivity to the wounds of national sentiment” is well-deserved indeed. This is a valuable perspective in the analysis of international affairs, and is often missing in news reporting. The author’s own reflection concerning Bolivia’s sorrow for its lost coastline lingers in the mind: is international law equipped — or should it be — to deal with complex historical grievances?
An interview with Bloomberg Business on the so-called “triangle” dispute between Peru and Chile. This controversy is distinct from the dispute that the ICJ settled in 2014. The ICJ could not adjudicate the point as it refers to the land boundary between the two countries, and its jurisdiction only extended to the maritime boundary.
It was an honour to be included as a legal expert in this article about the Bolivia-Chile ICJ dispute, which was featured in the news bulletin of the International Law Association. The other experts consulted are Eduardo Silva Romero of Dechert LLP and former Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs Hernán Felipe Errázuriz.