Spence International Investments, LLC, Bob F. Spence, Joseph M. Holsten, Brenda K. Copher, Ronald E. Copher, Brette E. Berkowitz, Trevor B. Berkowitz, Aaron C. Berkowitz and Glen Gremillion v. The Government of the Republic of Costa Rica, UNCITRAL, Respondent's Memorial on Jurisdiction and Counter-Memorial on the Merits (July 15, 2014)
1. This dispute is abotu the soverign right of a state to protect the natural environment within its borders. The Republic of Costa Rica has a responsibility to safeguard the environment and to balance public and private interests in pursuit of that goal. In this case, Costa Rica has undertaken not just a responsibility for itself, but a global responsibility for the protection of one of the world's most endangered species - the letherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea).