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Alexander Aizenstatd is a doctoral candidate at Yale Law School. He is a Professor of International Law at Universidad Rafael Landivar in Guatemala. Before coming to Yale he graduated with honors from Universidad Francisco Marroquín Law School. In 2009 he received his Master’s degree (LL.M) from Yale Law School. He is a practicing attorney and notary in Guatemala and is authorized for the practice of law in the State of New York.
During his career he has been awarded several academic distinctions and fellowships. These have included a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International law in Germany and being selected as a Visiting Professional Attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights Court in Costa Rica. He has numerous academic publications in English and Spanish. His most recent study on discrimination in public establishments was awarded the Charles Stillman Prize. To access some of his scholarly publications and works in progress, visit his Social Science Research Network (SSRN) page here.
In addition to his academic activities, his professional work deals primarily with issues related to corporate law, constitutional law and commercial arbitration. As a litigator he has appeared before all levels of national courts in Guatemala. He has also directed several notable constitutional cases dealing with public international law and human rights. Most recently, he successfully argued a ground-breaking case before the Constitutional Court dealing with the definition of torture in accordance with international standards. This case redefined the hierarchy of international human rights treaties in Guatemala. For more information about Alexander Aizenstatd please visit his web site here.
Areas of Academic Interest and Dissertation
Alexander´s research deals mainly with issues of international public law, regional integration, constitutional law, commercial arbitration and human rights. His doctoral dissertation focuses on the role of the Central American Court of Justice in the construction of regional integration within the Central American Integration System (SICA). This work explores the effectiveness of the regional court as a supranational institution and the intersection of regional integration and constitutional law from the perspectives of the regional court and the national high courts.
Professors W. Michael Reisman (chair), Alec Stone Sweet (reader) and Roberta Romano (reader).