Alejandro M. Garro

Adjunct Professor of Law; Senior Research Scholar, Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law

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New York NY 10027
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Email: garro@law.columbia.edu

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Alejandro M. Garro joined Columbia Law School in 1981 as Lecturer in Law and is now Adjunct Professor of Law and Senior Research Scholar of the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law of Columbia University. His areas of teaching focus on comparative law and international commercial law (international sales, secured transactions, international arbitration and litigation. He has taught courses on Latin American law and the inter-American system for the protection of human rights.

Garro's research and writing explores various aspects of Latin American legal systems from a comparative perspective. For example, his work on international sales ("Compraventa Internacional de Mercaderias") compares the Vienna Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods with the rights, obligations, and remedies enjoyed by sellers and buyers under the domestic sales law of various Latin American jurisdictions. In his work on "Latin American Arbitration Law and Practice," Garro provides an overview of the different approaches taken by arbitration statutes recently adopted in some Latin American countries.

Before joining Columbia in 1981, Garro taught at Louisiana State University School of Law. While at LSU, 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, 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 various universities in Europe and Latin America.

During the 1980s Professor Garro consulted 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. During the 1990s 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.

Garro was awarded the degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.) by Louisiana State University School of Law and the degree of Doctor of Laws (J.S.D.) by Columbia University and is admitted to practice before the bars of Buenos Aires, Madrid, and New York. Recent publications include studies on land registration, security interests in personal property, international sales and international commercial arbitration.

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Alejandro Miguel Garro se graduó de abogado en 1975 en la Universidad Nacional de La Plata, ciudad adonde nació, estudió y ejerció la profesión de abogado. Realizó estudios de postgrado en la Universidad del Estado de Luisiana, de la cual recibió el título de "Master of Laws" en 1979 y en cuyos claustros enseñó derecho comparado y derecho hipotecario. En 1990 obtuvo el título de "Doctor en Derecho" (JSD) en la Universidad de Columbia, en donde se desempeña desde hace más de veinte años como docente a cargo del programa de derecho comparado y latinoamericano.

Entre 1983 y 1985 se desempeñó como colaborador científico del Instituto Suizo de Derecho Comparado de Lausana. En 1993 fue investigador visitante del Instituto Max-Planck de Hamburgo y ha sido profesor visitante en diversas universidades de la República Argentina, España, Guatemala, México, Suiza y el Uruguay. Sus publicaciones y actividades académicas se concentran en temas de derecho comparado, derecho comercial internacional y el sistema interamericano de protección de los derechos humanos.

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