Farinacci-Fernós, Jorge M.


Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

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Contact Information

723 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100

Biography Publications

Jorge Farinacci-Fernós is a tenure-track Associate Professor of Law at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico Law School, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Legal History, Administrative Law, and Legal Writing. He received his J.D. (magna cum laude) from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) Law School, where he was awarded the Prizes for Highest Overall GPA and Highest GPA in the area of Public Law. He was also Associate Director of the UPR Law Review. After his JD, he worked as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico for then-Associate Justice Liana Fiol Matta.

He obtained his LL.M. from Harvard Law School and he then his S.J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. His doctorate Dissertation focused on the role of intent and history in the interpretation of modern, post-liberal and teleological constitutions. He has published Articles in the Southwestern Law Review, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, Tulsa Law Review, Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy, Montana Law Review, Barry Law Review, Vienna Journal of International Constitutional Law, among others, mostly about constitutional law issues. In 2020, he became the first recipient of the Association of American Law School’s “Mark Tushnet” Prize in Comparative Law for his Article “Post-Liberal Constitutionalism” and also received the Puerto Rican Bar Association’s “Best Legal Work” Prize for his book “Hermenéutica Puertorriqueña: Cánones de Interpretación Jurídica”, which focuses on the interpretation of legal texts. His most recent book is a detailed, first-impression analysis of the Puerto Rican Bill of Rights. An English-language book analyzing Puerto Rico’s constitutional project through the lenses of democracy, colonialism, and progressive transformation will be published soon.