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Alejandro Garro

  • Senior Research Scholar and Adjunct Professor

Alejandro M. Garro is Adjunct Professor of Law and Senior Research Scholar of the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law of Columbia University. He is also Honorary Professor at the National University of Buenos Aires School of Law (UBA).

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 right and is currently teaching “International Business Transactions” and “International Arbitration”.

Garro's research and writing explores various aspects of comparative contract law and Latin American legal systems. 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. In his book on “The Law of International Sales”, co-authored with Professor A. Zuppi, Garro discusses the Vienna (U.N.) Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

Before joining the Law School in 1981 as a lecturer in law, Professor 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.From 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, where he was in charge of the Chapter on “Land Registration” for the International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law. 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 on land registration. 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. He is currently a consultant to the World Bank for law reform on the law of secured transactions in Argentina. During the 1990s, Garro was a member of the working group preparing the UNIDROIT Principles on International Commercial Contracts and is currently a member of the Argentine delegation before UNCITRAL.

Garro earned a J.S.D. from Columbia Law School and a LL.M. from LSU Law School and is admitted to practice before the bars of Buenos Aires, Madrid, and New York.