SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA – Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law Michael W. Gordon of the University of Florida Levin College of Law was honored here Friday night for his more than 35 years of significant contributions to international and legal relations between Florida and the Americas.
Gordon, appointed by the Clinton administration to dispute resolution panels of both the World Trade Organization and the North American Free Trade Agreement, was recognized at the fifth annual Conference on Legal and Policy Issues in the Americas organized by the UF law school’s Center for Governmental Responsibility and hosted this year by the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Law.
Gordon becomes the second American to win the “Jon Mills Award for Significant Contributions to Relations Between Florida and the Americas,” with former Florida governor and lieutenant governor Kenneth H. “Buddy” MacKay Jr. receiving the 2001 honor. Other previous winners are Cuban native Raul E. Valdes-Fauli of Miami, 2000; Alejandro Ogarrio, Mexico City, Mexico, 2002; and Paulo Roberto Pereira de Souza, Maringa, Brazil, 2003.
“Professor Gordon has trained an entire generation of international lawyers, been a strong advocate for international programs in legal education throughout the Americas, and is recognized worldwide for his expertise in comparative law, international litigation and trade, Mexican law and the NAFTA,” said CGR Founding Director Mills, UF law school dean emeritus. “He has consulted for 10 foreign governments, lectured at universities and law associations in more than 30 nations, and served as a Senior Fulbright Professor in Mexico, Guatemala and Germany.”
His B.S. and J.D. degrees are from the University of Connecticut, M.A. in economics from Trinity College, a Diplome de Droit Compare from International Faculty at Strasbourg, France, and a Maestria en Derecho, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico. He is an affiliate member of the faculty of the Center for Latin American Studies, held the Centennial Professorship at the London School of Economics, and has been a visiting professor at the universities of Frankfurt, Konstanz, Costa Rica, Escuela Libre de Derecho and scholar-in-residence at Italy’s Bellagio Institutue.
Gordon currently is consulting on the Firestone/Bridgestone tire litigation for injuries in Mexico and Venezuela, and previously consulted on cases involving Telemundo and international defamation, corporations for injuries resulting in Mexican facilities, and for the U.S. Department of Justice in civil cases resulting from the Alvarez-Machian kidnaping in Mexico.
Gordon has authored or co-authored more than 40 books, plus chapters and articles, and his International Business Transactions casebook is the most frequently adopted on that subject in the U.S. His books have been translated into Chinese, Russian, Lithuanian, Serbian and Croatian.
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