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Professor Rafael Cox Alomar
Rafael Cox Alomar
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Rafael Cox Alomar
Assistant Professor of Law

Harvard Law School
Juris Doctor, 2004

University of Oxford, Trinity College
Doctor of Philosophy, 2001
Marshall Scholar, 1997

Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Arts, 1997, magna cum laude and with distinction in all subjects

Courses Taught
Remedies, Constitutional Law I, Constitutional Law II, Public International Law, Conflict of Laws

Legal Practice
Professor Cox Alomar is admitted to the practice of law in the District of Columbia, the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Cox Alomar practiced law in some of the most prestigious international law firms in Washington, D.C., acting on behalf of clients on a wide array of dispute resolution and transactional matters. More specifically, he has acted as counsel on eight international arbitrations before the World Bank's International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) representing, among others, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Republic of Chile, the Republic of the Philippines and Électricité de France.

Scholarly Agenda
Professor Cox Alomar’s scholarly interests range widely, from the constitutional aspects of decolonization in the peripheral jurisdictions of the British, French and Dutch Empires in the postwar period, to the juridical penumbras of bilateral investment treaty interpretation within the framework of investor-state international arbitration.

2017, Oxford U.P. (forthcoming) The Puerto Rico Constitution
2015, Ediciones Callejón En La Encrucijada
2009, Ian Randle Publishers Revisiting the Transatlantic Triangle: The Constitutional Decolonization of the Eastern Caribbean

Cuba’s Constitutional Moment, Texas Hisp. J. L. & Pol’y Review (forthcoming 2017)
Investment Treaty Arbitration in Cuba, Univ. of Miami Inter-American Law Review (forthcoming 2017)
The Reparation Question in the Context of Unlawful Expropriations, Journal of Damages in International Arbitration, Vol. 3 No. 1 (2016)
La Nación en la encrucijada, 84 Rev. Jur. U.P.R. (2015)
Estudio jurídico-normativo sobre la reconstitución del sistema de justicia juvenil de Puerto Rico, 49 Rev. Jur. Univ. Inter. (2015)

Book Chapters
Harvard U.P. (2015) The Ideological Decolonization of Puerto Rico’s Autonomist Movement, in Reconsidering the Insular Cases: The Past and Future of the American Empire (Gerald L. Neuman and Tomiko Brown-Nagin eds.)
Juris Publishing (2015) The Reparation Question in the Context of Unlawful Expropriations, in Investor Treaty Arbitration and Natural Resources

Academic Presentations
March 3, 2017 Harvard Law School (Cuba’s and Puerto Rico’s Constitutional Moment)
January 30, 2017 Columbia Law School (Cuba’s New Foreign Investment Law)
October 18, 2016 University of Havana (Investment Treaty Arbitration in Cuba)
August 1, 2015 Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference
February 26, 2015 Juris’ Ninth Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference
September 12, 2014 Cornell University, Latin American Studies Program
February 19, 2014 Harvard Law School

Links to most recent TV Interviews:

CNN En Español (Trumpcare)
March 24, 2017

CNN En Español (Cuba after Trump)
March 21, 2017

CNN En Español (Copyright and the Vatican)
March 1, 2017

C-SPAN (Inter-American Dialogue)
June 1, 2016

CNN En Español (PROMESA Bill)
May 19, 2016

The Puerto Rico Crisis (Universidad del Este)
May 9, 2016

Puerto Rico, Dominican, Caribbean Issues (Acento TV Dominican Republic)
May 6, 2016

Book Launch “La encrucijada” (Dominican Republic)
May 4, 2016

Book Launch “La encrucijada” (Puerto Rico)
February 3, 2016

CNN En Español (launch of second book “En la encrucijada” (2015))
January 29, 2016

El Vocero (launch of second book “En la encrucijada” (2015))
January 18, 2016

Telesur (US Presidential Politics)
November 3, 2015

Telesur (UN Vote on Cuba)
October 27, 2015

Telesur (On DNC Presidential Debate)
October 14, 2015

Telesur (On US – Cuba Relations)
September 29, 2015

CNN En Español (Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Crisis)
September 9, 2015

CNN En Español (the Jones Act)
August 4, 2015

Links to Academic Presentations:

Cuba’s and Puerto Rico’s Constitutional Moment
Harvard Law School
March 3, 2017

Cuba’s New Foreign Investment Law
Columbia Law School
January 30, 2017

Cuban Bilateral Investment Treaties
University of Havana, Cuba
October 18, 2016

Puerto Rico, the Debt Crisis and Self-Determination
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City
April 15, 2016

The Ideological Decolonization of Puerto Rico's Autonomist Movement
Cornell University
September 12, 2014

The Future Status of Puerto Rico
Harvard Law School
February 19, 2014

Links to most recent Radio Interviews:

NPR’s The Marketplace (Tourism and Sport in Puerto Rico)
March 23, 2017

NPR’s The Marketplace (Puerto Rico Fiscal Crisis)
October 22, 2015

NPR’s The Marketplace (Puerto Rico Fiscal Crisis)
September 4, 2015

Links to selected Op-Ed columns:

An Unconstitutional Oversight Board for Puerto Rico?
The Hill
May 3, 2016

Puerto Rico ante el foro internacional
El País
March 3, 2016

In Search of a Puerto Rico Strategy
The Hill
November 5, 2015

La encrucijada puertorriqueña
El País
July 8, 2015


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