China in Latin America: Law, Economics and Sustainable Development

15 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2009 Last revised: 18 Dec 2013

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Carmen G. Gonzalez

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Date Written: January 6, 2010


The growing economic and political ties between China and Latin America have sparked controversy among scholars, pundits, and policy-makers. Some scholars contend that China is a rising imperial power scouring the globe for natural resources, exploiting less powerful nations, and rejecting international environmental agreements that would curb its profligate consumption of the world’s natural resources. Others applaud China’s unorthodox development strategies and portray China as a successful model for developing countries and as a welcome counterweight to U.S. economic and political hegemony. This paper interrogates the competing narratives about China’s growing influence in Latin America and examines the implications of China’s rise for the future of international economic law and international environmental law.

Keywords: Environment, Sustainable Development, Natural Resources, Natural Resource Curse, Law And Development, WTO, International Trade Law, Climate Change, Washington Consensus, Beijing Consensus, International Environmental Law, Imperialism, Colonialism, Post-Colonialism

JEL Classification: F02, F13, F18, F54, K32, K33, K42, N46, N56, Q27, Q33, Q34, Q56, Y30

Suggested Citation

Gonzalez, Carmen G., China in Latin America: Law, Economics and Sustainable Development (January 6, 2010). Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis, Vol. 40, p. 10171, 2010, Seattle University School of Law Research Paper No. 10-01, Available at SSRN:

Carmen G. Gonzalez (Contact Author)

Loyola University Chicago School of Law ( email )

25 E. Pearson
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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