Jorge L. Esquirol

Professor Esquirol

Jorge L. Esquirol
Professor of Law

Curriculum Vitae

S.J.D. 2001, Harvard Law
School J.D. 1989, Harvard Law School
B.S.B.A. 1986, Georgetown University

Before joining the FIU College of Law, 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.


LAS FICCIONES DEL DERECHO LATINOAMERICANO, Universidad de los Andes, Siglo del Hombre Editores, Bogotá, Colombia (2014) (414 page book)

Legal Latin Americanism, 16 YALE HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENT LAW JOURNAL 145 (2013)

Latin America, in OXFORD HANDBOOK OF THE HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, Oxford University Press (2012)

The Latin American Tradition of Legal Failure, 2 COMPARATIVE LAW REVIEW 1.6 (2011)

The Turn to Legal Interpretation in Latin America, 26 AMERICAN UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL LAW REVIEW 1031 (2011)

O direito fracassado da América Latina. Portuguese translation of The Failed Law of Latin America, in DIREITO E INTERPRETAÇÃO: RACIONALIDADES E INSTITUIÇÕES, Editora Saraiva, São Paulo, Brazil (2011)

Fallimento del diritto Latino Americano, RIVISTA CRITICA DEL DIRITTO PRIVATO, Italy (2011)

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

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

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

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

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, BEYOND LAW 115 (2003) (English translation of ¿Hacia dónde va Latinoamérica ?)

¿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)

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)

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

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

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)

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

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

Works in Progress:

THE INFLUENCE OF INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS ON NATIONAL LAW: LATIN AMERICA, Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (article forthcoming 2015)

AS FICÇÕES DO DIREITO LATINO-AMERICANO, accepted for publication by Saraiva Press, São Paulo, Brazil. (Expected publication date 2015)

Aligning Property with Social Policy in Latin America, forthcoming book chapter, Lionel Smith (McGill) & Michele Graziadei (Torino) (eds).