Alvaro Santos

Prof. Alvaro Santos

Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

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), and "Three Transnational Discourses of Labor Law in Domestic Reforms" in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law (2010). 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 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, Tufts University, Melbourne Law School, and the University of Turin. Santos received a JD with high honors from Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México and an LLM and SJD from Harvard Law School.