Mining Injustice Through International Arbitration: Countering Kappes, Cassiday & Associates Claims Over a Gold-Mining Project in Guatemala

El Tambor is a controversial gold mining project in Guatemala. After years of local protests and litigation, the Guatemalan Supreme Court ordered a halt to the project in 2016 for lack of prior consultation with Indigenous people. This decision was recently reaffirmed by Guatemala's Constitutional Court. The court-ordered suspension of the project and ongoing community protests are now under attack in an international arbitration case brought against the Guatemalan government by a United States company. This investigation examines the Kappes, Cassiday & Associates (KCA) arbitration suit, which is now entering the merit stage at the Washington, DC headquarters of the World Bank Group.

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Author: Earthworks, Institute for Policy Studies