Alejandro M. Garro is 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. 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 the Law School in 1981 as a lecturer in law, 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. Garro has been a visiting professor at various universities in Europe and Latin America.
During the 1980s, 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.
He is admitted to practice before the bars of Buenos Aires, Madrid, and New York.
Garro earned a J.S.D. from Columbia Law School and a LL.M. from LSU Law School.