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.
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
Book Chapters & Collected Works
"Why the fight over Mexico's labour reforms is the latest threat to new NAFTA deal," coverage by Financial Post, April 11, 2019, quoting Professor Alvaro Santos.
"Can Trump’s new trade deal keep its promises to U.S. and Mexican auto workers?," coverage on PBS, Decemebr 3, 2018, featuring Professor Alvaro Santos.
"TLC: Renegacion O Renegociacion", coverage in REFORMA, August 27, 2017 by Professor Alvaro Santos.
"SIn grandes cambios, renegociacion del TLCAN, advierten", coverage in EL UNIVERSAL, June 21, 2017 featuring Professor Alvaro Santos.