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Manuel A. Gómez

Manuel Gomez, Ph.D. special area of expertise, his professional and academic interests focus on international arbitration and transnational litigation, at the intersection between dispute resolution and new technologies, the fight against corruption, legal and institutional reform, private ordering, the globalization of the legal professions, and legal education.  In general, his academic work pays special attention to the impact of culture, social norms, economic and political forces in the genesis and operation of the law.

Manuel has more than two decades of teaching, public speaking, research, and legal practice experience.  Manuel’s professional engagement is mostly centered on international arbitration, transnational litigation, and the fight against corruption.  He maintains a professional and academic interest on Latin America, although some his work is more general and not necessarily tied to any geographical area.  Manuel has taught, spoken, and done research, and consulted in different capacities throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Manuel also has several years of successful leadership and administrative experience in legal education, and in professional and academic societies.

Private order as a different concept than public order is one of the most interesting topics to the new territories of the relationships created by new technologies, and this is an area of particular expertise. Manuel’s keen interest on the impact of culture, social norms, economic and political forces in the genesis and operation of the law, has prompted him to explore the importance of alternative thinking as a strategy to foster balance and long-lasting solutions to legal problems.


Manuel Gomez is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Global Engagement at Florida International University (FIU) College of Law in Miami, United States of America.  He holds a J.S.D. and a J.S.M. from Stanford University School of Law, and a specialization in procedural law and a law degree (cum laude) from the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello (Venezuela).  Prior to joining FIU, Manuel was a lecturer and a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School where he had academic responsibilities for the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies.

Manuel has taught and lectured extensively through the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe. He is the Editor-In-Chief of the World Arbitration and Mediation Review, serves on the Scientific Board of the Revista de Derecho of the Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia), on the Editorial Board of Derecho y Democracia of the Universidad Metropolitana (Venezuela), and the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Risk Regulation published by Cambridge University Press.  He is also Board (and founding) Member of the Miami International Arbitration Society, member of the Executive Council of the International Law Section of the Florida Bar, and chair of its Law School Liaison Committe, member of the Faculty Advisory Board of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center at FIU, and Independent Research Associate at the Universidad Metropolitana Law School of Venezuela.

Manuel leads the Latin America & Caribbean Group and is a member of the Initiative on International Arbitration, Mediation and Blockchain-Based Transactions of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center (SVAMC), is also a member of the Academic Board of the Fundación de la Inteligencia Artificial Legal (FIAL), and former member of the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA).

In addition to his prolific scholarly production, Manuel has also served as external referee for leading peer reviewed journals and reputable academic publishers such as Oxford University Press, Palgrave MacMillan, Routledge, Law and Social Inquiry, Latin American Policy, and the Boletín Mexicano de Derecho Comparado, among others.  His research has earned important accolades and awards.  He is the author, editor or co-editor of numerous publications in the field of dispute resolution and governance and the globalization of the legal profession.  In general, Professor Gómez’s scholarship pays special attention to the impact of culture, social norms, economic and political forces in the genesis and operation of the law.  Manuel maintains a geographical interest on Latin America, but some of his recent writings are more general and not necessarily tied to a particular spatial context (See, e.g., Order in the Desert: Law Abiding Behavior at Burning Man, Outside But Within: The Normative Dimension of the Underworld in the Television Series Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul).  Professor Gómez’s most recent work on dispute resolution has addressed a variety of cutting-edge issues such as the challenges of transnational litigation, the use of crowd funding as a litigation financing mechanism, the development of private ordering systems, and the interplay with new technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence with law.

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