Frank J. Garcia is Professor of Law and Dean’s Global Fund Scholar at the Boston College Law School, and until recently the Associate Dean for Global Initiatives.

A Fulbright Scholar, he has lectured widely on globalization and international economic law in Europe, South America and the Asia/Pacific region, most recently at the University of Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne.

Professor Garcia has held various leadership positions within the American Society of International Law, and currently sits on the editorial board of the Journal of International Economic Law, where he is Chief Book Review Editor.  He is the author, most recently, of Global Justice and International Economic Law: Three Takes, published by Cambridge University Press.


LAWS7987 International Law and Development

This course is designed to introduce students to the challenges of development in a globalizing world.  In this course students will critically examine the phenomenon of globalization, and the related changes currently underway in contemporary international relations and international economic law, with an emphasis on how they affect the possibility of development. A particular focus of the course is on the role of international economic law institutions such as the WTO, IMF and World Bank.  These institutions play key roles in development, yet face enormous internal and external challenges as they grapple with the many new issues which globalization has thrust onto their agendas.  Throughout the course we consider whether development is even possible, what it means, and whether we might have to reform or transcend the idea of development itself if we are to make any progress.  Development is thus yet another site for us to consider how globalization is changing the nature of international law, international society and global governance.