Jorge Luis Esquirol

Jorge Luis Esquirol

Jorge Luis Esquirol, S.J.D., is Professor of Law at Florida International University.

Before joining the College of Law at Florida International University, Professor Esquirol was a professor of law at the Northeastern University School of Law from 1997-2002 and Director of Academic Affairs at the Harvard Law School Graduate Program from 1992-1997. He has been a resident scholar at the Université de Paris X (Nanterre) France; a visiting professor at the University of Miami School of Law; and a visiting researcher at the Constitutional Court of Colombia. As Director of Academic Affairs, he had administrative responsibility for the Harvard Law Graduate Programs; taught LL.M. students; administered the International Legal Studies Program and related conferences, lectures and workshops; and planned several international law conferences. Professor Esquirol earned his B.A. in Finance summa cum laude from Georgetown University. After earning his J.D. degree at Harvard, he clerked on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and was an associate attorney at the Wall Street firm of Shearman and Sterling. He has a doctoral degree in law (S.J.D.) from Harvard Law School, focusing on Latin American legal systems. Professor Esquirol is fluent in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. He teaches international law, comparative law, and commercial law at FIU.

Selected Publications

English Language Publications

Latin America, in OXFORD HANDBOOK OF THE HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (Oxford U. Press), 2012 (solicited chapter, peer-reviewed).

Writing the Law of Latin America, 40 GEORGE WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL LAW REVIEW 693 (2009)

Titling and Untitled Housing in Panama City, 4:2 TENNESSEE JOURNAL OF LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY 243 (2008)

The Failed Law of Latin America, 56 AMERICAN JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE LAW 75 (2008) (peer-reviewed)

Alejandro Álvarez's Latin American Law: A Question of Identity, 19 LEIDEN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 931 (2006) (peer-reviewed)

Continuing Fictions of Latin American Law, 55 FLORIDA LAW REVIEW 31 (2003)

Where is Latin America Headed? A Critique of the Sociolegal Approach to Latin America, 9 BEYOND LAW 115 (2003) (English translation of ¿Hacia dónde va Latinoamérica?)

At the Head of the Legal Family: René David, Chapter 8 in RE-THINKING THE MASTERS OF COMPARATIVE LAW, Hart Publishing, ed. by Annelise Riles, Northwestern University School of Law (2001)

Can International Law Help? An Analysis of the Colombian Peace Process, 16 CONNECTICUT JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 23-93 (2000)

Negotiating Colombia's Peace Process: Disagreements of International Law, 13 LEIDEN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 495 (2000)(peer-reviewed)

The Fictions of Latin American Law, 1997 UTAH LAW REVIEW 425 (Fall 1997)

Foreign Investment: Revision of the Andean Foreign Investment Code, 29 HARVARD INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL 169 (1988)

Foreign Language Publications

El derecho fallido de América Latina, Spanish translation of The Failed Law of Latin America, forthcoming in Legis, Bogotá, Colombia

O direito fracassado da América Latina. Portuguese translation of The Failed Law of Latin America, forthcoming in REVISTA DA FACULDADE DE DIREITO DA UNIVERSIDADE DE SÃO PAULO, São Paulo, Brazil

Constructing Latin America's Failed Legal Tradition, forthcoming in RIVISTA CRITICA DEL DIRITTO PRIVATO, Italy, 2009

La critique du droit des années 70 aux États-Unis, forthcoming in DROIT ET SOCIETE: REVUE INTERNATIONALE DE THEORIE DU DROIT ET DE SOCIOLOGIE JURIDIQUE, France 2009 (original in French)

¿Hacia dónde va Latinoamérica? Una crítica al enfoque sociojurídico sobre América Latina, in Mauricio García Villegas and César A. Rodríguez, eds., DERECHO Y SOCIEDAD EN AMÉRICA LATINA: UN DEBATE SOBRE LOS ESTUDIOS JURÍDICOS CRÍTICOS. ILSA (2003)(original in Spanish)

El proceso de paz: Conforme al derecho internacional, in EL DERECHO COMO LA CONTINUACIÓN DEL CONFLICTO Y EL LENGUAJE DE LA PAZ. Plaza & Janes Editores: Bogotá, Colombia (1999) (Received Best Book Award by the Bogotá Book Chamber of Commerce in the area of Law and Social Sciences, 2000) (original in Spanish)

Work in Progress:

Bringing More Legal Theory to Comparative Law (working title), forthcoming.


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