Nuno Garoupa

Professor of Law


“In a global world, law can no longer be local because neither human rights nor business can be understood, studied or practiced without an international and comparative perspective.”

Get to Know Nuno Garoupa

What drew you to the law?

I am an economist by background. The influence of legal and political institutions on human behavior and economic performance attracted me to law. Law and economics is the application of microeconomic methodology (mainly demand theory) to legal analysis. I firmly believe law and economics provides for a fundamental and unique understanding of comparative law.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I enjoy the process of introducing foreign and comparative law to American law students. The learning experience with new legal concepts, different approaches to law and intriguing legal institutions is always exciting.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

Comparative law allows students to understand better the global market for lawyers and legal institutions. Law and economics challenges the students to think about the law in new ways.

What are you passionate about outside of the law?

I have a great interest in political history and cultural studies.

What are your research interests?

My research focuses on comparative law, legal institutions, judicial politics and law and economics. I’m particularly interested in how judges behave in different legal systems and how the common law and civil law respond to new legal challenges.


Link to my publications.


Presentations are listed on my CV.


  • Comparative law
  • Law and economics
  • Comparative judicial politics

Academic Experience

  • Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2015-present)
  • President
    Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos, Lisbon, Portugal (2014-​2016)
  • Professor of Law & H. Ross and Helen Workman Research Scholar
    University of Illinois College of Law (2007-2015)
  • Research Professor of Law
    University of Manchester School of Law, UK (2007-2009)
  • Research Professor of Law
    IMDEA Social Sciences, Madrid, Spain (2008-2009)
  • Associate and Full Professor of Economics
    Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal (2001-2007)
  • Assistant and Associate Professor of Economics
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain (1998-2001)


  • LL.M. in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of London, UK
  • D.Phil. in Economics, University of York, UK
  • M.Sc. in Economics, Queen Mary College, UK
  • B.Sc. (Licenciatura) in Economics, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Awards / Honors

  • Prize “Julián Marías” 2010 (Social Sciences Researcher below 40), Madrid, Spain
  • Searle-Kauffman Fellow in Law, Innovation, and Growth, Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth 2009-2010, Northwestern University School of Law

Other Professional Activities

  • Co-Editor, International Review of Law and Economics
  • Co-Editor, Handbooks of Research Methods in Law, Edward Elgar
  • Former Co-Editor, Review of Law and Economics
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Asian Journal of Law and Economics
  • Member of Editorial Board, Portuguese Economic Journal
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Indret, Revista para el Análisis del Derecho
  • International Associate Editor, Revista de Direito Administrativo (RDA)
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Revista Jurídica Luso-Brasileira (RJLB)