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) and an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law. She is a renowned expert on governance and rule of law, business, human rights and sustainability, diversity and social inclusion, peace building, conflict management and transformation, civil society strengthening and multi stakeholder engagement. She has extensive experience designing, leading and evaluating complex projects and teams working across the Americas and also in Africa, Asia and Europe in the context of foreign assistance and international development initiatives.

Previously, she was the Director of the International Network to Promote the Rule of Law at the United States Institute of Peace, served as the Rule of Law, Gender and Capacity Development Specialist of the USAID funded Global Women’s Legal Rights Initiative and as Director for Latin America at Partners Global led several governance, rule of law and business sustainability initiatives. Her leadership extends to the public, non-profit and private sectors leading initiatives where she has demonstrated the ability to manage multi-stakeholders, understand complex issues and lead the implementation of global, regional and local initiatives and solutions with academic institutions, governments, civil society organizations, networks and local communities, the private sector and international organizations. Her work in frontier, emerging and developing economies and conflict-affected countries combined with designing and facilitating capacity development and adult education and training initiatives with a cultural savvy, multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder, human-centered and systemic reform approach are central and unique to her teaching philosophy, research and scholarship.

She currently serves on the Board of the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights is a Member of the Board of Governors of the Washington Foreign Law Society. She teaches courses on Business, Human Rights and Sustainability at Georgetown Law and has lectured at the George Mason University Center for Business Civic Engagement and the Schar School of Policy and Government, the National Defense University’s William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense, the Inter-American Defense College, the University of Defense of Argentina, the Matías Delgado Business School in El Salvador and several other institutions. 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 “Promoting the Rule of Law: A Practitioner’s Guide to Key Issues and Developments,” and “The Business, Human Rights and Sustainability Sourcebook,” both published by the American Bar Association. 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 as a Chevening Scholar and an LL.M. from Georgetown Law.


Mario Osorio Team ProfileMario Osorio is the Fellow of the Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas (CAROLA). He holds an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center where he was a Fulbright Scholar, a Salzburg Cutler Fellow, a Fellow at the Institute of International Economic Law, and is currently an SJD candidate. Mario received an AB in Economics and an LLB from Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). Prior to arriving at Georgetown, Mario was an advisor to the Director-General of the Tax and Customs Administration of Colombia and served as a delegate to the OECD, WTO, UN, and other international fora. He was also an adjunct professor at Universidad de los Andes.