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 an LL.B. with high honors from Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México and an LL.M. and S.J.D. from Harvard Law School.



World Trade and Investment Law Reimagined: A Progressive Agenda for an Inclusive Globalization (Alvaro Santos, Chantal Thomas & David Trubek eds., London: Anthem Press 2019).

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

The IGLP Law and Global Production Working Group, The Role of Law in Global Value Chains: A Research Manifesto, 4 London Rev. Int'l L. 57-79 (2016) (Alvaro Santos, Contributor).
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Alvaro Santos, International Law and Its Discontents: Critical Reflections on the War on Drugs or the Role of Law in Creating Complexity, 106 Am. Soc'y Int'l L. Proc. 172-176 (2013). [HEIN] [W]

Book Chapters & Collected Works

Alvaro Santos, The Lessons of TPP and the Future of Labor Chapters in Trade Agreements, in Megaregulation Contested: Global Economic Ordering After TPP 140-174 (Benedict Kingsbury, David M. Malone, Paul Mertenskötter, Richard B. Stewart, Thomas Streinz & Atsushi Sunami eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press 2019).
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Alvaro Santos, The Trouble with Identity and Progressive Origins in Defending Labour Law, in Critical Legal Perspectives on Global Governance: Liber Amicorum David M. Trubek 207-246 (Gráinne de Búrca, Claire Kilpatrick & Joanne Scott eds., Oxford: Hart 2014). [BOOK]