Prof. Dr. Luis María Palma

PresidentLuis Maria Palma

Luis María Palma is the President of the International Association for Court Administration (IACA), Director of the International Institute for Justice Excellence (IIJE, The Hague, The Netherlands), and President of E-Justicia Latinoamérica (Buenos Aires, Argentina).

Luis Maria is a lawyer with a PhD in Political Science, a PhD in Sociology, a Doctorate and a Post PhD in Law, and a Post PhD in Fundamental Principles and Human Rights.

He serves as Rapporteur of the Superior Tribunal of Justice of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica, and Southern Atlantic Islands, in Argentina.

The State Legislature of Buenos Aires declared Luis María an “Outstanding personality in the field of Legal Sciences”, and the University of Florida (UFL) bestowed on him with “The Jon Mills Award for Significant Contributions to Relations between Florida and the Americas”.

He is a Professor at National University of La Matanza (UNLaM), National North-Eastern University (UNNE), National University of Cuyo (UNCUYO), Austral University, Catholic University of Cuyo (UCCuyo), National University of Lomas de Zamora (UNLZ), and San Pablo-Tucumán University.

He has been a Visiting Faculty at the University of Florida (UFL, USA), Université Paris Dauphine (France), State University of Tbilisi (Georgia) and the University of El Salvador (UES, El Salvador).

For over two decades, Luis Maria worked in judicial modernization consulting for projects developed by UNDP, USAID, NCSC, IADB and Eurosocial (European Commission, EU) amongst other international organizations and agencies.

Luis Maria ran the National Direction of Judicial Modernization of the Ministry of Justice of Argentina and served honorarily as General Coordinator of the National Judicial Management Commission of the Supreme Court of Justice of Argentina.

He was the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, (UB), in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Previously, he worked for the US Department of State as the Cultural Affairs Advisor to the Embassy in Buenos Aires.

Luis Maria was the Coordinator of the Judicial Reform Program of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Argentina, and the Coordinator of the “Houses of Justice” Program developed by the same Ministry and the Chief of Staff´s Office, with funding of the World Bank.

In the field of consensus building, he served as Rapporteur and Secretary of the Argentine Dialogue Permanent Board of Justice, created by the National Government of Argentina and the Argentine Catholic Church with the technical assistance of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

He taught over 320 graduate courses and workshops in universities and judicial colleges of America and Europe and participated as a speaker of more than 200 national and international congresses and conferences.

Luis Maria is the author and coauthor of books, articles on innovation and judicial management, economic analysis of law, international law, and public ethics.