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Dr. José Gustavo Prieto Muñoz

Senior Researcher

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Dr. Gustavo Prieto's Bio

Gustavo is a Postdoctoral Researcher, working under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Clara Burbano Herrera. He was born in Quito, Ecuador, where he practiced and taught economic law until relocating in Europe to pursue his Doctoral studies. He holds a Ph.D. in Law from Verona University, Italy. Before joining the Department of European, Public and International Law he was a Postdoc Fellow at the Law Department, Turin University, Italy. He has been a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany, during his doctoral and postdoctoral research. Also, He has been an invited lecturer at the V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and to the Turin School of Development, International Training Centre of the International Labor Organization.
He has been researching the legitimacy of different legal regimes that regulate economic cross-border transactions. Currently, Gustavo’s interest focuses on: the relation between Constitutional Courts, Regional Systems of Human Rights and international investment arbitration; the history of international investment adjudication in the 20th century; and, the legitimacy of transnational digital infrastructures, such as blockchain technology.
Gustavo is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA). He is also member of the Programme for Studies on Human Rights in Context.

Dr. Gustavo Prieto's Featured Publications

Dr. Gustavo Prieto's Publications

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Dr. Gustavo Prieto's Professional positions

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Ghent University, Department of European, Public and International Law, Ghent University (2020–ongoing).
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Law, University of Turin (2018–2020).
  • Doctoral researcher (Ph.D.), University of Verona (2013-2017).
  • Lecturer of International Business Law, Simon Bolívar Andean Community University Quito (2011-2012)

Dr. Gustavo Prieto's Education

University Degrees

• Doctor in Law, University of Verona, Italy, 2017
• LLM in International Economic Law, Simon Bolivar Andean Community University, Ecuador, 2011
• Attorney at Law, Universidad de las Americas, Ecuador, 2004


Dr. Gustavo Prieto's Teaching

– ‘Blockchain & Trade’ Lecturer at International Training Centre of ILO. Turin, Italy.
– ‘EU and Multilateral Organizations’ Jean Monnet Module on EU Law, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine

Dr. Gustavo Prieto's Scientific Honors, Awards and Fellowships/Grants

– BOF postdoctoral fellowship (2020-2022)
– Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Law – University of Turin, Italy (Project Dipartimento di Eccellenza MIUR).
– Fellowship – Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law.
– PhD Grant- University of Verona – PhD. project ‘The concept of Legitimacy in International Investment Disputes in South America’.
– Grant – United States Department of State, Institute for American Politics and Political Thought, hosted by University of Massachusetts

Dr. Gustavo Prieto's Sideline Activities / Memberships

• Member Coordinating Committee – International Economic Law IG – European Society of International Law (ESIL).
• Member of the Academic Advisory Body (AAB) of the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA).
• International Society of Public Law – ICONs.
• Club Español del Arbitraje – CEA

Dr. Gustavo Prieto's work details
  • Contact Hours: On appointment
  • Visiting Address: Paddenhoek 5, 2nd Floor, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Postal Address: Ghent University, Campus Aula, RG ConstitUGent & Human Rights Centre, Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Working Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Office Hours: 09.00 h – 17.00 h
  • Telephone Secretariat: +32 (0)9 264 69 11
Dr. Gustavo Prieto's expertise
  • International Investment Adjudication
  • International financial Law
  • Distributed Ledger Technology & Law
  • Inter-American System of Human Rights


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