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Alvaro Santos

Professor of Law

LL.B., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; LL.M., S.J.D., Harvard

Areas of Expertise:

Comparative and Foreign Law, International Law, International Trade, Labor and Employment Law

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...

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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.

Recent Scholarship

Books

  • Law and the New Developmental State: The Brazilian Experience in Latin American Context (Alvaro Santos, David M. Trubek, Helena Alviar Garcia & Diogo R. Coutinho eds., Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press 2013).    [BOOK]

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).   
  • 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 and Collected Works

  • 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]
  • Alvaro Santos, Carving Out Policy Autonomy for Developing Countries in the World Trade Organization: The Experience of Brazil and Mexico, in Law and the New Developmental State: The Brazilian Experience in Latin American Context (Alvaro Santos, David M. Trubek, Helena Alvair Garcia & Diogo R. Coutinho eds., Cambridge University Press 2013).    [BOOK]
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All Scholarship 2005 - Present

Books

  • Law and the New Developmental State: The Brazilian Experience in Latin American Context (Alvaro Santos, David M. Trubek, Helena Alviar Garcia & Diogo R. Coutinho eds., Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press 2013).    [BOOK]
  • The New Law and Economic Development: A Critical Appraisal (Alvaro Santos & David M. Trubek eds., New York: Cambridge University Press 2006).    [BOOK]

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).   
  • 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]
  • Alvaro Santos, Carving Out Policy Autonomy for Developing Countries in the World Trade Organization: The Experience of Brazil and Mexico, 52 Va. J. Int'l L. 551-632 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Alvaro Santos, Three Transnational Discourses of Labor Law in Domestic Reforms, 32 U. Pa. J. Int'l L. 123-202 (2010).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Alvaro Santos, Labor Flexibility, Legal Reform, and Economic Development, 50 Va. J. Int'l L. 43-106 (2009).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Alvaro Santos, Working Borders: Linking Debates About Insourcing and Outsourcing of Capital and Labor, 40 Tex. Int'l L.J. 691-805 (2005).    [HEIN] [W]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • 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]
  • Alvaro Santos, Carving Out Policy Autonomy for Developing Countries in the World Trade Organization: The Experience of Brazil and Mexico, in Law and the New Developmental State: The Brazilian Experience in Latin American Context (Alvaro Santos, David M. Trubek, Helena Alvair Garcia & Diogo R. Coutinho eds., Cambridge University Press 2013).    [BOOK]
  • Alvaro Santos & David M. Trubek, Introduction: The Third Moment in Law and Development Theory and the Emergence of a New Critical Practice, in The New Law and Economic Development: A Critical Appraisal 1-18 (Alvaro Santos & David M. Trubek eds., New York: Cambridge University Press 2006).    [BOOK]
  • Alvaro Santos, The World Bank's Uses of the "Rule of Law" Promise in Economic Development, in The New Law and Economic Development: A Critical Appraisal 253-300 (Alvaro Santos & David M. Trubek eds., New York: Cambridge University Press 2006).    [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [BOOK]
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In the News

"Law professor talks labor rights and trade agreements," coverage by The Daily Texan (Austin, Tex.), November 27, 2017, quoting 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. 

"How NAFTA Renegotiation Works," coverage by the washingtonpost.com and the Baltimore Post, May 3, 2017, attributing background to Professor Alvaro Santos.

"Trump's Conflicts Could Undercut Global Efforts To Fight Corruption, Critics Say," coverage by NPR, February 22, 2017, quoting Professor Alvaro Santos. For more on this story, see WCQS.

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All News

"Law professor talks labor rights and trade agreements," coverage by The Daily Texan (Austin, Tex.), November 27, 2017, quoting 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. 

"How NAFTA Renegotiation Works," coverage by the washingtonpost.com and the Baltimore Post, May 3, 2017, attributing background to Professor Alvaro Santos.

"Trump's Conflicts Could Undercut Global Efforts To Fight Corruption, Critics Say," coverage by NPR, February 22, 2017, quoting Professor Alvaro Santos. For more on this story, see WCQS.

"Inequality and Human Rights Seminar invites scholars to discuss Greek financial crisis," coverage in The Daily Texan, September 29, 2015, featuring Professors Philomila Tsoukala and Alvaro Santos.

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