Edgardo Buscaglia

Argentina/United States

Professor Dr. Edgardo Buscaglia is presently a public policy adviser to governments and non-governmental organisations worldwide, an author of numerous academic/public policy publications on transnational organised crime & acts of terrorism, an author of widespread media articles in several languages and an international philanthropist focused on assisting victims of organised crime worldwide.

Professor Dr. Buscaglia presently holds the position of Senior Research Scholar in Law and Economics at Columbia University (in New York, USA) since 2005, Visiting Professor at the Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires (Argentina),  “Visiting Senior Academic” at the Università degli Studi di Torino (Italy) and frequently advices governments and civil societies as a philanthropist or as a contractor through bilateral and international organisations.

As an academic, Prof. Dr. Buscaglia has published widely since 1993 within the field of law and economics of socio-political violence linked to complex crimes, such as acts of terrorism and transnational organised crime, while investigating into their impact on human security, the development of democracy, and human rights.

Dr. Buscaglia finished a postdoctoral in jurisprudence and social policy at the University of California at Berkeley,  holds a Ph. D. in Law and Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and an undergraduate degree in Economics from the National University of Buenos Aires. Dr. Buscaglia’s scientific articles have been published worldwide in many languages. His latest field empirical research covers 118 countries by addressing the legal and economic factors explaining the vertical integration of organized crime within formal economies and civil societies.

Dr. Edgardo Buscaglia is also one of the three co-founders of the Latin American and Iberian Law and Economics Association (ALACDE Dr. Buscaglia was a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University obetween 1991 and 2008 and has also served as Visiting Professor of Law and Economics at the University of San Andres in Argentina (2013-2016); at the Mexican Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM) in Mexico between 2003 and 2013; as Visiting Professor at the Mexican National Autonomous University (UNAM, 2012-2013); as Director of the International Law and Economic Development Center at the University of Virginia (in Charlottesville, VA USA: 1999-2005); and as Visiting Professor at Georgetown University (Washington D.C., USA: 1995-1996).

Dr. Buscaglia is also an internationally well-known philanthropist and civil society leader engaged in supporting non-governmental organizations in their combat and prevention of organized crime, including his philanthropic support as an independent panel member for the Wildlife Justice Commission in The Netherlands, President of the Board of the Friends of Wildlife Justice Commission (USA) or his philanthropic and technical support for preventing human trafficking in Mexico and in Central America as Director of the International Law and Economic Development Center.   Dr. Buscaglia currently also serves “pro bono” as President of the Institute for Citizens Action in Mexico.  Dr. Edgardo Buscaglia served on the Board of Governance of Transparency International (Berlin, 1995-99).

Since 1990, Dr. Buscaglia studies the impact of legal and judicial frameworks on economic development and on democracy while delving into the economic analysis of organized crime and associated corruption. He has participated in field research in 118 countries and provided assistance for international organizations on the economic analysis of judicial and civil society sectors in several countries within Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Within these domains, Dr. Buscaglia has also provided policy advice to governments within these domains in 118 countries, including Afghanistan, Colombia, India, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia and Yemen.

Dr. Buscaglia has published articles and accepts interviews within the general media, including BBC, CNN, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera, and Financial Times, among many others.