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The Rule of Law in El Salvador

  • CSIS 1616 Rhode Island Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

The Northern Triangle of Central America, consisting of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, faces overwhelming challenges to economic growth and security. With a paltry GDP growth of 2.4 percent in 2015 despite receiving $65 million from the U.S. in FY2016, El Salvador faces significant challenges. Given that it finds itself in one of the most dangerous regions on the planet, what role can rule of law play in facilitating economic growth in El Salvador and the Northern Triangle? What is the current state of the rule of law in El Salvador and how can it be improved?
Justice Rodolfo González Bonilla is a native-born Salvadoran who currently serves in the Constitutional Chamber of the Corte Supreme de Justicia of El Salvador after joining in 2009. Justice Bonilla studied at the University of Salamanca, and the University of Carlos III where he studied Constitutional Rights and Constitutional Jurisdiction respectively. Justice Bonilla went on to receive a Master of Laws, and Doctorate in Law from the Autonomous University of Barcelona where he studied the interpretation of the constitutionality of laws, the interpreting and process of unconstitutionality, and the role of the Constitutional Chamber. Justice Bonilla also served as Criminal Judge in San Salvador before his current position. 

Event Details

  • Date: June 26, 2017

  • When: 1:00 - 2:00 PM

  • Where: CSIS HQ