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Miguel González

Miguel González Marcos is Of Counsel to Shirley & Associates.

Education: Doctor of Law (Dr. iur.), Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, School of Law, Frankfurt, Germany, 1991 (D.A.A.D. Scholarship; Cum Laude); Master of Laws (LL.M.), New York University, School of Law, New York, New York, 2003; Juris Doctor (J.D.), State University of New York, School of Law, Buffalo, New York, 2000 (Buffalo Law Review Senior Member; Cum Laude); Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), University of Panama, School of Law, Panama, 1984 (Sigma Lambda).

Areas of practice: corporate & business law, banking law, international law, not-for-profit law, constitutional law.

Memberships: Member of the American Society of International Law, and member of the Editorial Board of the Anuario Mexicano de Derecho Internacional of the Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

Backgroud: Dr. González Marcos is a lawyer with over 15 years of experience conducting research projects and providing counsel to corporations, non-profit organizations, and individuals in regulatory and international transactional matters. Some highlights of his experience include the following

  • Attorney with the corporate finance international group at Faegre & Benson, a large Minneapolis law firm.
  • Attorney with Wolters Kluwer Financial Services in Minneapolis.
  • Legal Advisor for the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law in Washington, D.C.
  • Law Professor at the University of Panama for over ten years.
  • Director of the Institute of National Studies at the University of Panama leading multidisciplinary research teams on projects about environmental, educational, science and technology, and constitutional law issues.


In addition to his work at Shirley & Associates, Dr. González Marcos serves as a Legal Consultant for the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Washington-Office.

He is licensed to practice law in New York, Minnesota, and the Republic of Panama.

Languages: Spanish, English, and German.

Some published works:

  • At the Heart of a Planetary Democracy: The Democracy Caucus in the United Nations. Book chapter in Die Zukunft des Völkerrechts in einer globalisierten Welt (The Future of International Law in a Globalized World), Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden (2006).
  • Comparative Law at the Service of Democracy: A Reading of Arosemena’s Constitutional Studies of the Latin American Governments 21 Boston University International Law Journal 259 (2003), available at http://lsr.nellco.org/nyu/plltwp/papers/15/.