Esperanza Duran, PhD

Dr. Duran has a PhD from Oxford University. She has conducted research and taught at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), London School of Economics, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), El Colegio de Mexico, and University College Dublin’s Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, and Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah. She has published peer-reviewed articles in international journals including Journal of the History of Ideas, International Affairs, The World Today, and Journal of World Intellectual Property, among others, and has written and edited books published by Cambridge University Press, Routledge & Kegan Paul, and Cameron May, among others. She gained managerial and policy-making experience as senior economist at the IMF and World Gold Council, country officer and economist at the World Bank, and founding executive director of the Agency of International Trade Information and Cooperation (AITIC) in Geneva.

Courses Taught

International Organizations and Multilateral Diplomacy 

Select Publications

Special and Differential Treatment for Least-Developed Countries: A Survey, (2011), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs 

Competitividad y Facilitación del Comercio en Centroamérica y Panamá, (2011) Paper commissioned by the UN Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Logros y Lagunas en la Facilitación del Comercio en América Latina y el Caribe, (2010), Paper commissioned by the Latin American Economic System (SELA) 

Duran, Esperanza, (2008), The Doha Era and Beyond: The Coming of Age of Developing Countries in the Multilateral Trading System, editor and author (London, Cameron May)

Trade Related Technical Assistance and Capacity Building’ in Patrick Macrory, ed., (2005), The World Trade Organization: Legal, Economic and Political Analysis, vol. 1, Springer

Duran Esperanza and Constantine Michalopoulos (1999), Intellectual Property Rights and Developing Countries in the WTO Millennium Round with, The Journal of World Intellectual Property, vol. 2, no. 6

Select Presentations

Segurida Pública en México, (2022), Paper presented at the XLIV Congreso Internacional de Americanística, Perugia, Italy  

Política exterior de la Cuarta Transformación, (2021), Paper presented at the XLIII Congreso Internacional de Americanística, Perugia, Italy 

Los Vaivenes de la Política Petrolera de México, (2020), XLII Congreso Internacional de AmericanÍstica, Perugia, Italy

Cinco años Después: Balance Crítico del Pacto por México, (2018), Paper presented at the XL Congreso Internacional de Americanística, Perugia, Italy

América Latina en la Encrucijada: Nacionalismo, Neoliberalismo y Modelos Alternativos, (2017) Paper presented at the XXXIX Congreso Internacional de Americanística , Perugia, Italy

Between the Pacific and the Atlantic: Implications for Latin America of the TPP and the TTIP, (2016), Paper prepared for the Latin America Studies Association Conference, Paper prepared for the Latin America Studies Association Conference, New York 

Latin America’s Participation in International Trade in a Globalised World, (2015), Paper prepared for the Latin America Studies Association Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Research Interests

International trade negotiations and free-trade agreements
Public policies in Mexico
European relations with Latin America


  • PhD, Oxford University
  • MA, Stanford University
  • BA, El Colegio de México
Esperanza Duran, PhD

SIT Graduate Institute

Affiliated Faculty, Switzerland

MA in Diplomacy and International Relations

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