Chicago Journal of International Law


This Development examines the scope of MERCOSUR's expansion and analyzes the extent to which Decision 18/04 of the CMC represents meaningful change in MERCOSUR's procedures for incorporating new members. Section 1I will address the history of MERCOSUR's growth leading up to the CMC's summits in July and December 2004, at Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, and at Ouro Preto, Brazil. Section III will evaluate the substance of Decision 18/04 and what effect it is likely to have for current associate states and for other nations seeking membership. Section IV will briefly discuss the Decision 18/04 in terms of the direction of the integration process in Latin America.