Manuel A. Gómez
Associate Professor of Law
(305) 348-1158 (phone)
J.S.D., J.S.M., Stanford University
J.D. (cum laude), Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Caracas, Venezuela)
Manuel A. Gómez has years of law teaching experience, both in the U.S. and in Latin America, and professional practice in Latin America, Professor Gómez brings a valuable international scholarly experience to the College of Law. He currently serves at the College of Law’s Coordinator of International Legal Projects and leads the Global Legal Studies Initiative. Before joining FIU, Professor Gómez was a Lecturer in Law and a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School, where he had academic responsibility for the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies. Professor Gómez also led a working group on Law and Policy in Latin America sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford University.Since 1995 he has also been a member of the Faculty at the Universidad Central de Venezuela Law School (Caracas, Venezuela), and in different occasions, a visiting professor at the Universidad Católica del Táchira (1996), Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (2000-2001), Universidad Metropolitana Law School (2005), and Universidad Sergio Arboleda of Colombia (2009-present) Professor Gómez teaches, conducts research and writes academic papers in a variety of areas including the impact of social networks on dispute processing, private order, international arbitration, complex litigation in Latin America, legal and institutional reform in Latin America, legal education reform and the globalization of the legal profession. In the Spring of 2011, Professor Gómez received FIU’s inaugural Bhagwan Mahavir Junior Faculty Summer Fellowship to conduct research on dispute resolution among Jain diamond merchants. Professor Gómez’s work has appeared in a number of prestigious publications in the U.S., South America and Europe, and has received several prestigious awards, including the Law and Society Association’s Dissertation Prize, the Richard S. Goldsmith Award in Dispute Resolution at Stanford University, as well as the annual prize awarded by the Venezuelan Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). Professor Gómez’s latest book, Law in Many Societies (Stanford U. Press 2011, co-edited with Lawrence M. Friedman and Rogelio Pérez-Perdomo) has already received several accolades in the academic world. Professor Gómez has also served as expert in domestic and international arbitration proceedings, as well as in court proceedings involving foreign parties in the U.S. Professor Gómez has also been appointed as an international arbitrator under the rules of the ICC, and is a founding member of the Miami International Arbitration Society.