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Michael W. Gordon

Emeritus Professor

Mailing Address:
Box #117625 Gainesville, FL 32611




Maestria en Derecho, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico; Dipl. de Droit Compare, Strasburg, France; M.A., Trinity College; J.D., University of Connecticut; B.S., University of Connecticut.


  • International Business and Trade Law
  • International Litigation
  • Comparative Law
  • Law of NAFTA

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law faculty in 1968 as a Visiting Associate Professor; Associate Professor (1969), Professor (1971), Chesterfield Smith Professor (1994-2005), John H. & Mary Lou Dasburg Professor (2005-2008).
  • Additional Educational Experience: Distinguished Fulbright Chair at Universidade Catolica Portuguesa. Visiting Faculty: Universidad de Costa Rica, University of Frankfurt, Centennial Professor in Law, London School Of Economics, University of Konstanz, Escuela Libre de Derecho, Francisco Marroquin (Guatemala), Universities of Duke, Alabama, George Washington. Scholar in Residence: Bellagio Institute, Italy. Fulbright Professor: Mexico, Guatemala, Germany, Portugal.
  • Law Practice: Associate, Shipman & Goodwin, Hartford, Conn. (1963-65); Consultant to Departments of State, Commerce, and Justice, to government agencies in Brazil, Honduras, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Sudan, and Yugoslavia, and on complex international litigation in thirty-four nations.
  • Career Highlights: Appointed by Clinton and Bush governments to the NAFTA and WTO dispute panels; coauthor of more than sixty books and dozens of chapters and articles; Scholar-in-Residence, Bellagio Foundation; Lecturer for Council on Foreign Relations in seven states; visiting lecturer at law schools, business associations, and government ministries in thirty-three nations.

International Litigation and Arbitration Law -LAW 6225

A consideration of several areas of dispute settlement and procedure when litigation and arbitration issues cross borders. Included is choice of law and forum, service of process, jurisdiction, act of state, foreign state immunity, proving foreign law, obtaining evidence from abroad, enforcement of foreign judgments, arbitration, and enforcement of arbitral awards.
Prerequisites: None.

International Business Transactions - LAW 6261

Legal problems involved with commercial transactions across borders, the transfer of technology, and foreign investment. Explores international documentary sales, letters of credit, bills of lading, international intellectual property, foreign direct investment issues including risk analysis and the decision to invest, transfer pricing, currency controls, company withdrawal, investing in developing nations, nations in transition, and economically integrated areas such as the NAFTA and the EU, and the resolution of international commercial and investment disputes.
Prerequisites: None.

Law of the North American Free Trade Agreement - LAW 6930

Provides an in-depth analysis of the regional trade area of most importance to the U.S., the NAFTA, through the study of its historical background; its impact in the areas of goods, services, investments, intellectual property, dispute settlements, labor and the environment; and an introduction to the ongoing process to develop a Free Trade Agreement of the Americas (FTAA).
Prerequisites: International Business Transactions or International Trade Law must be taken prior to or concurrently with this course. (A satisfactory substitute may be acceptable with permission from the instructor.)

Current books

  • INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS: CASES AND MATERIALS (Westgroup, 8th ed., 2005) (with Ralph H. Folsom, John A Spanogle & Peter Fitzgerald).
  • INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS HORNBOOK (Westgroup, 2d. ed., 2001) (with Ralph H. Folsom & John A. Spanogle).
  • INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND INVESTMENT IN A NUTSHELL (Westgroup, 2nd ed., 2000) (with Ralph F. Folsom and John A. Spanogle).
  • NAFTA Dispute Resolution as a Method of Avoiding National Courts, Symposium Edition, 13 Florida Journal of International Law 16 (2000)
  • NAFTA: A PROBLEM-ORIENTED CASEBOOK (Westgroup, 2005) (with Ralph H. Folsom & David Gantz), Teacher's Manual (2005) & Document Supplement (2005).
  • HANDBOOK OF NAFTA DISPUTE RESOLUTION (Two volumes, Transnational Publishers, 2000) (with Ralph H. Folsom & John A. Spanogle).
  • NAFTA and Financial Dispute Resolution, in NON-JUDICIAL DISPUTE SETTLEMENT IN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS (Kluwer, 2000, Norbert Horn & Joseph Norton eds.).

Representative Law Reviews / Journals

  • NAFTA Dispute Resolution as a Method of Avoiding National Courts (Symposium Edition) 13 Florida Journal of International Law 16 (2000)
  • Cuba: Wild Card in the Caribbean, 5 NAFTA Law Review 278 (1999)
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