Horacio Spector

Professor of Law

  • Doctor in Legal Science, 1991, University of Buenos Aires
  • MPhil, 1986, Argentine Society of Philosophical Analysis
  • LLB, 1979, University of Buenos Aires

Areas of Expertise

Professor Spector teaches and writes in the areas of legal theory and law and economics. 

Professional Experience

Spector is the founding dean and former provost of the law school at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, where he teaches law and economics and legal theory. He has served as the managing editor of Latin American and Caribbean Journal of Legal Studies and the Argentine Congressional Record. He has been a visiting professor at Oxford University's Balliol College, the Paul M. Hebert Law Center of Louisiana State University, the University of Toronto and the Universidad de Alicante in Spain. Spector joined the USD School of Law faculty in 2013.

Honors and Affiliations

Spector received the Atlas Foundation's Francisco de Vitoria Prize in Human Rights in 2008. He was a research fellow with the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation at Harvard University in 1992 and twice a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the University of Heidelberg. In 1996 he was awarded the Diploma of Merit Konex in Philosophy of Law.

Key Works

Spector's publications include “Value Pluralism and the Two Concepts of Rights” in 46 San Diego Law Review 819 (2010); “Don't Cry for Me Argentina: Economic Crises and the Restructuring of Financial Property” in 14 Fordham Journal of Banking and Financial Law 771 (2009); “The Right to a Constitutional Jury” in 3 Legisprudence 111 (2009); and “A Contractarian Approach to Unconscionability” in 81 Chicago-Kent Law Review 96 (2006).

Spring 2018 Classes

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Contact Information

Legal Research Center 314
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-2322

Online Resources

Publications on SSRN


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