Associate Director, Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy
Abogado, University of Mendoza (Argentina)
LL.M., Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium)
LL.M., University of Georgia
María Eugenia Giménez joined the University of Georgia in 1993 as research coordinator at the Office of International Development. In 1999, she became associate director for programs and, in 2002, associate director of the Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy.
She developed and currently directs the UGA International Judicial Training Program (IJTP), a collaboration with the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education of Georgia, which trains judges and court personnel from Brazil, Ghana and Egypt, among other nations, on state-based continuing judicial education, court management and technology, ethics and professionalism. The IJTP has received funding from the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Bank of Brazil and the Supreme Court of Pernambuco in Brazil.
In 2001, Giménez initiated a Global Internship Program at Georgia Law. This program finds interested students summer placements in law firms, organizations and universities worldwide. Thus far, positions have been secured in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, China, Germany, Ghana, Guyana and India.
Throughout her tenure at the Dean Rusk Center, Giménez has coordinated a wide range of international programs such as: a five-year faculty exchange program on alternative dispute resolution mechanisms with the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, funded by the U.S. Department of State; a project with four Palestinian law schools on intellectual property, commercial law, dispute resolution and water law, funded by the Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development/USAID; and the Edmund S. Muskie/Freedom Support Act Graduate Fellowship Program, funded by the Soros Foundation/Open Society, which brought lawyers from newly independent states to Georgia Law to participate in its LL.M. program.
Giménez earned her law degree at the University of Mendoza in Argentina. She also holds two Master of Laws, one from the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium) and the other from the University of Georgia. In 2003, the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires conferred upon Giménez an honorary professorship. The next year, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach and research in the area of regional justice reform at the Universidad del Salvador Faculty of Law.