Alejandro Garro

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Professor Alejandro Garro "of Columbia Law School joins the Law School in the spring as a Visiting Professor of Law.

"Professor Garro is currently a Senior Research Scholar of the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law of Columbia University, where he teaches Latin American law, comparative law and international commercial law. His research and writing explores various aspects of Latin American legal systems from a comparative perspective. He is the author of two books, eleven book chapters, and more than fifty articles.

"Professor Garro received his J.D. (Abogado) from National University of La Plata School of Law, his LL.M. from Louisiana State University School of Law and his J.S.D. from Columbia University Law School. Before joining the Columbia faculty in 1981, Professor Garro taught at Louisiana State University School of Law. While at LSU, Professor Garro taught a first-year law course on Louisiana civil law and a senior course on secured transactions. During the period 1983 to 1985 he joined the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law in Lausanne as collaborateur scientifique. In 1993 and also in 2001, Professor Garro was a visiting scholar ((Max-Planck-Gesellschaft-Stipendiat) at the Max-Planck Institute of Foreign and Private International Law in Hamburg. Professor Garro has been a visiting professor at Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Universidad Di Tella, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Universidad Complutense, Universidad de Salamanca, Universidad de Navarra, - Universidad Francisco Marroquin, Universidad Iberoamericana, Escuela Libre de Derecho, Universidad de Puerto Rico (Rio Piedras), Universite de Fribourg, and Universidad de Montevideo.

"Professor Garro has been a consultant for the USAID and the UNDP on the improvement of the administration of justice in El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Guatemala; for the Institute of Liberty and Democracy in Lima (Peru) on land registration; and for the World Bank on secured transactions in personal property and international commercial arbitration. He contributed to the drafting of bills on commercial arbitration laws for Bolivia and Peru and to the preparation of a law on secured transactions for Puerto Rico. Professor Garro was a member of the working group preparing the UNIDROIT Principles on International Commercial Contracts. Currently he represents Argentina before Working Group VI of UNCITRAL in charge of preparing a Legislative Guide on Secured Transactions. He also has served as an arbitrator deciding cases under the American Arbitration Association, the National Futures Association, the International Chamber of Commerce, the London Court of International Arbitration, the NASD Dispute Resolution Center, and the Federación Argentina de Arbitraje y Conciliación.

"At Villanova, Professor Garro will teach Latin American law and comparative law." [1]

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  1. Americas Advisory Committee, Human Rights Watch, accessed April 16, 2010.