Professor Patrick Del Duca teaches International Finance at UCLA School of Law. He is a seasoned international business lawyer and an expert in cross-border financial and commercial transactions, distressed debt restructuring and infrastructure development. He has written, edited or translated seven books and over 30 articles on various aspects of transnational business and finance, comparative law (with special reference to European and Latin American law), and environmental law. He is a member of the ABA’s Latin America Law Initiative Council, supporting rule of law reform efforts, and of the Pacific Council on International Policy. He serves as the Publications Officer of the ABA Section of International Law. He practices law from Los Angeles as a partner of Zuber, Lawler & Del Duca LLP.
He is trained in common law, having earned a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, and civil law, having earned a laurea in giurisprudenza from the Università di Bologna law faculty. He received a Ph.D. in law from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He earned a Diplôme des Etudes Approfondies en Economie Publique des Transports et de l’Aménagement du Territoire from the Université de Lyon II, Faculté de Sciences Économiques. He is a graduate of Harvard College (B.A.). Following law school, he clerked for Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then for Justice Antonio La Pergola of the Corte Costituzionale in Rome.
His book, Choosing the Language of Transnational Deals: Practicalities, Policy and Law Reform (American Bar Association, 2010) addresses the role of language in the success of efforts to harmonize commercial and financial law, as well as how requirements to use official languages in governmental interactions affect party structuring of cross-border transactions. His publications include: “Emergence of the Italian Unitary Constitutional System, Modified by Supranational Norms and Italian Regionalism,” (with L. Del Duca) in Daniel Halberstan and Mathias Reimann (eds.), Federalism and Legal Unification: A Comparative Empirical Investigation of Twenty Systems (Series: Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice, Vol. 28) (Springer, 2014); “Notice-Filing with a Civil Law Notary ‘Public-Writing’ Requirement, 44 UCC Law Journal 33 (2011); “U.S. Capital Market Debt Meets Emerging Market Collateral,” (with A. Feld and C. Vallejo) in Law of International Insolvencies and Debt Restructuring (Oceana/Oxford University Press, 2006); and, “The Rule of Law: Mexico’s Approach to Expropriation Disputes in the Face of Investment Globalization,” 51 UCLA Law Review 35-141 (2003).