International Law Keyed to Damrosche
Tinoco Claims Arbitration (Great Britain v. Costa Rica)
The Tinoco regime that had seized power in Costa Rica by coup was not recognized by Great Britain and the United States. When the regime was removed, the new government nullified all Tinoco’c contract including an oil concession to a British company. The claim of Great Britain (P) was that the contract could not be repudiated because the Tinoco government was the only government in existence at the time of the contract was signed. This view was not shared by Costa Rica (D) who claimed that Great Britain (P) was estopped from enforcing the contract by its non-recognition of the Tinoco regime. The matter was sent for arbitration.
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