David A. Gantz

David A. Gantz

Nonresident Fellow, Mexico Center
Office Phone: (520) 490-3004


David A. Gantz is a nonresident fellow for the Mexico Center with a focus on international trade and economics. He is also the Samuel M. Fegtly Professor of Law at the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law and director emeritus of the international trade and business law program, and he serves as an affiliated faculty member of the Latin American Studies department and of the Institute of the Environment. He has been a visiting professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, George Washington University, Universidad Rafael Landivar in Guatemala, Universidad de Costa Rica and Universidad Mayor in Chile, among others. Gantz has taught courses in international trade law, international environmental law, NAFTA and other regional trade agreements, public international law, international business transactions, international investment and technology transfer, European Union law, Latin American economic history and the U.S. legal system.

After two years with the U.S. Agency for International Development law reform project in Costa Rica and a year as a law clerk with Judge Charles M. Merrill of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, he spent seven years with the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, where he was the chief lawyer responsible for Inter-American Affairs. Subsequently, he practiced international trade and corporate law in Washington, D.C. He joined the Rogers College of Law faculty in 1993. He also served for eight years as the U.S. judge on the Administrative Tribunal of the Organization of American States and as a consultant for various organizations, including the World Bank. Gantz has written extensively on WTO and NAFTA trade law issues, NAFTA and WTO dispute resolution, foreign bribery and other international trade, investment and environmental law matters, and has published more than four dozen law review articles and book chapters. He is also the author of four books. Gantz received an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. and J.S.M. Stanford University Law School.

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