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International: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Welcomes Costa Rica as 38th Member

(June 2, 2021) On May 25, 2021, Costa Rica completed the accession process to join the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as its newest member. As the U.S. Secretary of State noted in his welcoming statement, the completion of the accession process is especially remarkable in the challenging context posed by the COVID-19 […]

Costa Rica/OAS: Inter-American Court of Human Rights Declares Right to Marry Should Be Extended to Same-Sex Couples

(Feb. 9, 2018) On January 9, 2018, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) published an advisory opinion stating that under the American Convention of Human Rights, the institution of marriage should be extended to same-sex couples. (Press Release, IACtHR, Advisory Opinion on Gender Identity and Nondiscrimination Against Same-Sex Couples (Jan. 9, 2018), IACtHR website […]

Costa Rica; United States: CAFTA Coming into Effect

(Sept. 10, 2008) A high-ranking official in Costa Rica's Office of the Presidency, Rodrigo Arias, estimated that the U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement (US-CAFTA) will enter into effect in Costa Rica in the second or third week of September 2008. He expressed satisfaction that most of the laws required in the Implementing Agenda of the […]