Professor Jorge A. Ramírez

Jorge A. Ramirez Associate Dean for International Programs
Professor of Law, 2000
Director, International Programs
(806) 834-5466
Email: jorge.ramirez@ttu.edu

Admitted to practice in Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, and U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas.

After graduating from Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review, Professor Ramírez served as a law clerk to the Honorable Homer Thornberry on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Prior to teaching, Professor Ramírez practiced in three areas of the legal profession: commercial litigation, poverty law, and non-profit law. He first practiced as a commercial litigator with the firm of Susman Godfrey in Houston, focusing on issues involving breach of contract, fraud, and anti-competitive behavior. Three years later, he accepted an offer from Texas Rural Legal Aid to become managing attorney for the Farm Worker Health and Safety Project in Weslaco, Texas, where he initiated and managed environmental and occupational safety litigation for indigent clients injured throughout the United States. In 1996, Professor Ramírez became executive director of the Texas Democratic Party and later served as acting general counsel.

Professor Ramírez administers our international study abroad programs in Mexico, France, Lithuania, Denmark and Australia. His responsibilities include teaching international law courses at our Summer Law Institute in Guanajuato, Mexico.  In January of 2007, he was one of seven members of the Texas Lyceum Association (a statewide leadership organization) to be invited by the Central Party School (“CPS”) of the Communist Party of China to participate in an educational and cultural exchange program. The CPS serves as the Communist Party’s ideological research institute and as the main training program for cadres slated for senior posts. Among other things, Ramirez participated in discussions with CPS leaders in both Beijing and Shenzhen, the first city in China to experiment with capitalism. In May of 2006, he was selected as one of five professionals to travel to Brazil as a participant in a Group Study Exchange Program ("GSP") sponsored by the International Rotary Foundation. The GSP provides participants with an opportunity to meet with colleagues in Brazil to discuss opportunities for collaboration, study and research. Professor Ramirez also participated in the "American Swiss Foundation Young Leaders Conference" held in Ermatingen, Switzerland in May, 2005. Participants in the Conference are nominated by prominent American and Swiss citizens and provide the next generation of leaders in Switzerland and the U.S. an opportunity to develop a deeper awareness of the other's perspective. The bipartisan group of fifty participants (half American and half Swiss) is selected on the basis of outstanding professional and personal achievement.

Professor Ramírez serves as an editor of the Baltic Journal of Law & Politics, a joint publication of the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy and the Faculty of Law of Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania; and he’s been the recipient of a number of awards recognizing his contributions to the university including the Law School Faculty Service Award for 2011, the Faculty Distinguished Leadership Award for 2011, the Professor of the Year Award from the Hispanic Law Students Association for 2008-09, the President's Excellence in Teaching Award for 2006, Texas Tech College of Education Teaching Award in 2005, and the Texas Tech Alumni Association's New Faculty Award for 2002.

Degrees

B.A. Harvard University, 1984

J.D., Harvard University, 1990

Courses

Public International Law, International Business Transactions, NAFTA and Professional Responsibility.

Selected Publications

"Iraq War: Anticipatory Self-Defense or Unlawful Unilateralism," 34 California Western International Law Journal 1 (Fall 2003).

"Rules of Origin - NAFTA's Heart but FTAA's Heartburn," 29 Brook. J. Int'l L. 617 (2004), reprinted in part in Kevin C. Kennedy, International Trade Regulation, Readings, Cases, Notes, and Problems 463-66 (2009); and in Ralph H. Folsom et al., NAFTA and Free Trade in the Americas, A Problem-Oriented Coursebook 85 (2d ed. 2005).

"International Law Impacts Texas and the Texas Tech School of Law Responds," 35 Texas Tech Law Review 265 (Spring, 2004).