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Professor Alvaro Santos teaching a class

Alvaro Santos is Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas (CAROLA) at Georgetown University. He teaches and writes in the areas of international trade, economic development, drug policy, transnational labor law and the future of NAFTA.  Professor Santos is co-editor of Law and the New Developmental State: The Brazilian Experience in Latin America (2013) and The New Law and Economic Development: A Critical Appraisal (2006). He is also the author of a number of articles and book chapters, including “Carving Out Policy Autonomy for Developing Countries in the World Trade Organization: The Experience of Brazil and Mexico” in the Virginia Journal of International Law (2012), "Three Transnational Discourses of Labor Law in Domestic Reforms" in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law (2010) and “The World Bank’s Uses of the “Rule of Law” Promise in Economic Development” (in The New Law and Economic Development: A Critical Appraisal 2006). In 2016, he contributed to a research manifesto authored by working group at the Harvard Institute for Global Law and Policy, examining the role of law in global value chains. 

Professor Santos serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Journal of International Economic Law, the Law and Development Review, and the Latin American Journal of International Trade Law.  He served as Co-Director of the Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS) in London in 2014-15. He regularly teaches at Georgetown's WTO Academy and Harvard's Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) and has also taught at the University of Texas, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), Melbourne Law School, Tufts University, and the University of Turin. Professor Santos received a JD with high honors from Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México and an LLM and SJD from Harvard Law School.

Mario Osorio HeadshotMario Osorio is the Inaugural Fellow at the Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas (CAROLA). He is also currently pursuing an SJD at Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown, Mario has also been a Salzburg Cutler Fellow, a Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law, and a Senior Fellow at the New Markets Lab in Washington, DC. 

He received an AB in Economics and an LLB from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, and earned an LLM as a Fulbright Scholar from Georgetown University. Prior to arriving at Georgetown, Mario served as Advisor to the Director-General of the Tax and Customs Administration of Colombia, and represented Colombia at the OECD, WTO, UN, and other international fora. He was also an adjunct professor at Universidad de los Andes.

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