Professor of Law


  • Office: 120 Tremont St.,
  • Suite: 380-G
  • Phone: 617-305-1672
  • Fax: 617-305-3079
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  •  BA, JD, University of Houston


  •  Contracts
  •  NAFTA
  •  International Trade
  • Sales
  • Trends in International Law and Sustainable Development


Elizabeth Trujillo is a Professor of Law (On Leave) at Suffolk University Law School where she teaches in the International Law and Business Law and Financial Services Concentrations: Contracts, International Sales, and NAFTA, International Trade Regulation, and Trends in International Law and Sustainable Development. Professor Trujillo was director of the international law concentration from 2013-14.

Her publications, which have appeared in law reviews, books, and peer-reviewed journals, examines the relationship between international trade and investment with domestic regulatory structures, specifically in the areas of energy and the environment, antitrust law, and international consumer protection law. She has presented her works at Faculty Colloquia and various academic and international conferences including the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and the WTO Public Forum.

Before joining Suffolk, she was assistant professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where she also spearheaded a J.D., LLB, L.E.D. tri-lateral degree program among the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico), and the University of Windsor Faculty of Law (Canada). From 2005-2006, she was a visiting professor at Florida State University College of Law.

Before becoming a law professor, Professor Trujillo worked for the New York law firm Dewey and LeBoeuf in the areas of corporate law, project finance and international business transactions, with an emphasis on energy and Latin America. In addition to working for U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, she has also clerked for the United Nations, Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, France as well as for the National Commercial Appellate Court of Argentina (Cámara Nacional de Apelaciones en lo Comercial) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Professor Trujillo was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School during her sabbatical year from 2011-2012. During her visit, she was writing on issues of transnational governance regarding sustainable development and economic development. She also was on the ASIL 2012 Program Committee and currently serves as Co-Chair of the American Society for International Law's (ASIL) International Economic Law Interest Group.

Professor Trujillo is the Faculty Representative for the North American Consortium on Legal Education (NACLE) of which Suffolk became a member in 2012, March 2012, ALPFA the  Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys awarded Professor Trujillo, "Latina Trailblazer in the Law." Professor Trujillo is currently an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow, a prestigious award sponsored by the German government to promote academic cooperation among scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany. Among the Humboldt Research Awards recipients are 50 Nobel Prize winners since 1953. This award will fund initial research for Professor’s Trujillo’s book project, NEW VISIONS FOR TRADE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT to be published by Cambridge University Press (forthcoming, 2017) and her Research Stay as a Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany in 2015.

Professional Activities

American Society of Comparative Law, American Society of International Law (ASIL), ASIL International Economic Law Interest Group (currently Co-Chair), Law and Society, Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys (MAHA), Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA, MA chapter), Texas-Mexico Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, American Bar Association (International Law and Antitrust Sections) and Member of the Texas Bar



NEW VISIONS FOR TRADE AND SUSTANIABLE DEVELOPMENT, (Monograph), Cambridge University Press (forthcoming, 2017)

Book Chapters

Final Report for 2012 WTO Public Forum, Session 9: Perspectives on Sustainability: Renewable Resources, Trade, and WTO Governance, in WTO 2012 PUBLIC FORUM PUBLICATION: IS MULTILATERALISM IN CRISIS (forthcoming 2013)


Chapter: Article VII GATT, in THE MAX PLANCK COMMENTARIES ON WORLD TRADE LAW, VOL. 5 "WTO-TRADE IN GOODS" (Rudiger Wolfrum and Peter-Tobias Stoll eds., 2010)

Chapter: Shifting Paradigms of Parochialism: Lessons for Legal Education, in INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW: THE STATE AND FUTURE OF THE DISCIPLINE (Colin Picker, Isabella Bunn and Douglas Arner eds., 2008)


China-Measures Related to the Exportation of Rare Earths, Tungsten and Molybdenum, AM. J. INT'L L. (forthcoming 2015)

Book Review, Kati Kulovesi, The WTO Dispute Settlement System: Challenges of the Environment, Legitimacy and Fragmentation, JIEL Oxford University Press (forthcoming 2016).

A Dialogical Approach to Trade and Environment, 16 J. INT'L ECON. L. 535 (2013)

The WTO Appellate Body Knocks Down U.S. "Dolphin-Safe" Tuna Labels But Leaves a Crack for PPMs, ASIL INSIGHTS, AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (2012)

The Tuna Dolphin Encore-WTO Rules on Environmental Labeling, ASIL INSIGHTS, AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (2012)

Consumer Protection in Transnational Contexts, 58 AM. J. COMP. L. 135 (2010) (with Jacques de Lisle) [peer review]

Disaggregating the the Regional-Multilateral Overlap: The NAFTA Looking-Glass, 19 IND. INT'L & COMP. L. REV. 553 (2009) (Symposium piece)

From Here to Beijing: Public/Private Overlaps in Trade and Their Effects on U.S. Law, 40 LOY. U. CHI. L.J. 691 (2009)

Shifting Paradigms of Parochialism: Lessons for International Trade Law, 3 J. INT'L L. & INT'L REL. 41 (2007)

Mission Possible: Reciprocal Deference Between Domestic Regulatory Structures and the WTO, 40 CORNELL INT'L L.J. 201 (2007) (excerpts reprinted in Kevin C. Kennedy, International Trade Regulation (Aspen Publishing, forthcoming 2009))

State Action Antitrust Exemption Collides with Deregulation: Rehabilitating the Foreseeability Doctrine, 11 FORDHAM J. CORP. & FIN. L. 349 (2006)

Foreword: NAFTA as a Lesson for Globalization, 81 U. DET. MERCY L. REV. xi (2004) Also published in Spanish. Prologo: TLCAN - Una Leccion Para la Globalizacion, 81 U. DET. MERCY L. REV. vii (2004).

Note, City of Boerne v. Flores: Religious Free Exercise Pays a High Price for the Supreme Court's Retaliation on Congress, 36 HOUS. L. REV. 645 (1999)


In Tuna II, WTO Grapples with How to Balance Economic Growth & Sustainable Development, April 12, 2012, International Law Girls: Voices on International Law, Policy, and Practice , Introducing Elizabeth Trujillo, April 12, 2012, International Law Girls: Voices on International Law, Policy and Practice ,