Alvaro Santos Team Profile

Alvaro Santos is Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas (CAROLA) at Georgetown Law. He teaches and writes in the areas of international trade, economic development, transnational labor law, drug policy, and the future of NAFTA. In 2018, he served as Deputy Chief Negotiator of the USMCA Agreement for the newly elected government of Mexico.

Professor Santos is co-editor of the books World Trade and Investment Law Reimagined: A Progressive Agenda for an Inclusive Globalization (2019), 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 numerous journal articles and book chapters. He 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 Global Trade Academy and Harvard’s Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) and has also taught at the University of Texas, Tufts University, Melbourne Law School, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), and the University of Turin. He received an LL.B. with high honors from Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México (UNAM) and an LLM and SJD from Harvard Law School.


Head shot of Leila MooneyLelia Mooney is the Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas (CAROLA). She is also an Adjunct Professor where she teaches in the areas of business, human rights, sustainability and governance. Over the course of her extensive career across the Americas, she has facilitated strategic dialogues and locally owned reform processes with academic institutions, civil society organizations and communities, governments, private sector and international organizations. Some of her previous roles include serving as the Director of the International Network to Promote the Rule of Law at the United States Institute of Peace, the Rule of Law, Gender and Capacity Development Specialist of the USAID funded Global Women’s Legal Rights Initiative, Director for Latin America at Partners Global, Chief of Mission of the International Foundation for Election Systems to Paraguay and Senior Director of the Inter-American Democracy Network in Argentina.

She currently serves on the Board of the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights. Previously, she served on the International Steering Committee Board of the Voluntary Principles for Business and Human Rights and the United Nations Global Compact Business for the Rule of Law Initiative. She is the author of several publications in English and Spanish including being the editor of Promoting the Rule of Law: A Practitioner’s Guide to Key Issues and Developments (2014) and The Business, Human Rights and Sustainability Sourcebook (2016). She is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and also speaks French and Portuguese. She holds an LL.B. from the Universidad Nacional del Nordeste in her native Argentina, an LL.M in Law in Developing Societies from the University of Warwick Law School and an LL.M. from the Georgetown Law Center.

Research Assistants

Andrés Felipe Esteban Tovar is a Research Assistant at CAROLA, where he focuses his research on investment arbitration in Latin America. He is an LLM student at Georgetown University Law Center as a John H. Jackson Scholar and Fellow in the Insitute of International Economic Law, as well as a graduate of the Masters in International Law program from Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. He has considerable experience representing Colombia in international dispute resolution proceedings, in addition to advising the government in a wide range of International Economic Law issues. He has been part of Colombia’s delegations at the WTO, the Andean Community proceedings and, more recently, in Investment Arbitration disputes before ICSID and PCA. At Universidad de los Andes, Universidad Surcolombiana and Universidad del Rosario in Colombia, he was an Adjunct Professor and lectured on international law, international economic law, and litigation before international courts and tribunals.


Sarah Mihm has been a Research Assistant for CAROLA since 2020, focusing on the communications of the center and investment arbitration reform initiatives. She is completing her Bachelor’s at Georgetown University’s College of Arts and Sciences, studying Government, Spanish and Economics. In addition to her work at CAROLA, she has also co-founded The Olas Foundation – a nonprofit with the aim of advancing educational equity and social impact for mothers in Zone 3 of Guatemala City and students in the US. She has also worked with the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security. Her interests include law, public policy and social justice.