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About Edgardo Buscaglia

Professor Dr. Edgardo Buscaglia is presently a Senior Scholar in Law and Economics at Columbia University (USA), the Director of the International Law & Economics of Development Center, a “Visiting Senior Academic” at the Università Degli Studi di Torino (Italy) and a Visiting Professor at the National University of Buenos Aires -Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires- & Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina). Dr. Edgardo Buscaglia also has a vast field experience since 1991 in providing public policy advice to governments and civil societies in 114 countries focused on counteracting/preventing complex economic transnational crimes in, for example, Afghanistan, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, Ukraine and Yemen. In additio, Dr. Buscaglia has published his findings as opinion editorials in well-known newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, New York Times and Financial Times, among others.

Prof. Dr. Edgardo Buscaglia's published peer-reviewed articles since 1991 focused on the "law & economics of development" and specifically within the economic and legal analysis of judicial reforms to counteract transnational organized crime and private / public sector corruption. 

Dr. Edgardo Buscaglia's academic publications since 1991 assess and measure (through jurimetrics) the impact of legal and judicial frameworks on economic and social development.  Moreover, he has published widely on these subjects for peer-reviewed scientific journals and has written op-eds for well known newspapers, such as for The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Financial Times and the Süddeutsche Zeitung, among many others. He is frequently interviewed by CNN, Deutsche Welle, BBC, AlJazeera, Time Magazine, New York Times, The Economist, and Reuters among many other web and printed media.

Dr. Buscaglia currently also serves "pro bono" as President of the Institute for Citizens Action in Mexico.  

Dr. Buscaglia has also served as Visiting Professor of Law and Economics at the Mexican Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM, Mexico between 2003 and 2013); as Visiting Professor at the Mexican National Autonomous University (UNAM, 2012-2013); as Lecturer and Director of the International Law and Economic Development Center at the University of Virginia (in Charlottesville, VA USA: 1999-2005); as Visiting Professor at Georgetown University (Washington D.C., USA: 1995-1996), and as a fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University (California, USA: between 1991 and 2008). 

Dr. Edgardo Buscaglia has also co-founded in 1995 the Latin American Law and Economics Association and served on the Board of Governance of Transparency International (Berlin, 1995-99)

He received legal postdoctoral training in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at the University of California at Berkeley.  He also received a master’s in law and economics and a PhD concentrated in law economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 


1990 - Present Senior Scholar in Law & Economics, Columbia University

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