An honors graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, Professor Carrasco joined the faculty of the College of Law in 1990. While at Georgetown, he served as Articles Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal and received the Dean's Certificate of Recognition of Special and Outstanding Service to the Law Center Community plus the Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company Award for Academic Excellence in Property. Upon completing his formal legal education, he entered into private practice with the Washington, DC, law firm of Arnold & Porter, specializing in international debt restructuring negotiations and related litigation, primarily on behalf of the governments of Brazil and Venezuela. He also represented the US-recognized Government of Panama in matters relating to the activities of General Manuel Noriega.
Professor Carrasco has traveled widely in South America, as well as in the Middle East and in Europe, and has published numerous articles on international negotiation, law and development, international finance, LatCrit Theory and Critical Race Theory. In 1999, he became the first academic globally to produce an interactive web site on international finance and development designed for use by the layperson. Professor Carrasco directed The University of Iowa College of Law Center for International Finance and Development, which featured an e-book of over 300 pages. Written by Professor Carrasco and a group of his students, the e-book explained the complex world of international finance and development in plain language. The site has received hundreds of thousands of "hits" from around the globe.
Professor Carrasco advised the Latino Law Student Association, the Latino student group at the College of Law. His involvement with the Latino community at the law school was a reflection of his commitment to Latinos prior to coming to Iowa City. While at Arnold & Porter, Professor Carrasco successfully established a "mentor program" for first-year Latino law students in the Washington, DC, area. For this effort, he and his law firm received awards from the Hispanic Bar Association of D.C., Hispanic National Bar Association and the Association of Hispanic Law Students at American University's Washington College of Law.
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Professor Carrasco currently teaches courses in public and private international finance, law and development in Latin America, and Contracts.
Professor Carrasco is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia, the International Law Section of the American Bar Association, the Latin American Studies Association, the Law and Society Association, the American Society of International Law, the Latin American Bar Association, and the Hispanic National Bar Association.
E-Book on International Finance and Development, (revised 2011) (editor and author)
"Global Crisis and Global Response: The Role of the Financial Stability Forum in the Global Financial Crisis,"19 Transnt'l L. & Contemp. Probs. 203 (2010)"
An Opening for Voice in the Global Economic Order: The Global Financial Crisis and Emerging Economies,"12 Oregon Rev. Int’l L. 179 (2010)
Book Chapter: "Crisis and Opportunity, Emerging Economies and the Financial Stability Board" in International Law, Economic Globalization and Developing Countries (Edward Elgar Press, 2010)
BA, Indiana University, 1980
JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 1986