Presentation: "Using Comparative Regional Law to Provide Direction to the Central American Integration System"

9 April 2018

Carlos Arturo Villagrán Sandoval, a Member of the Constitution Transformation Network, presented his thesis’ findings at the Central American Integration System General Secretariat. The event took place on the 9 April 2018, in San Salvador, El Salvador, at the “Casa de Centroamérica”, or House of Central America, where the General Secretariat is located. The presentation was hosted by the General Secretariat’s Chief Legal Advisor and Executive Director, and had as audience former member judges of the Central American Court of Justice, diplomats, Central American legal scholars and students.

In his presentation, Carlos Arturo discussed the challenges in the manner of ‘how’ Central American academics and legal practitioners engage with other integration enterprises. He argued that there is a pattern of Eurocentric bias and decontextualized comparison and legal transplant of European doctrines in Central American legal scholarship and judgments of the regional integration court.

From this first intervention, Carlos Arturo moved on to present a different approach to comparative method that is ‘historically reflective and contextually informed’, acknowledging Central American singular particularities and historical pressures, such as hyper-presidentialism and foreign influence. He then moved on to the need to move beyond this Eurocentric bias and focus on alternative integration projects, such as ASEAN, that could be equally informative to provide insights to resolve Central American integration issues.

To view the presentation, in Spanish, watch this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YkDfX1LXBE

Carlos Arturo Villagrán Sandoval

Carlos Arturo Villagrán Sandoval presented his thesis’ findings at the Central American Integration System General Secretariat.