Gloria Esparza

@ Environmental and International Law Professor, Universidad Autónoma De Baja California–Tijuana Campus

Dr. Gloria was born and raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She graduated from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California with a degree in Law. She has a specialization degree and a Master degree in Constitutional and Administrative Law from the same university. She has also studied International Human Rights Law, Comparative Public Law and Constitutional Law in different European universities (Universidad de Sevilla, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Universidad Carlos III, in Spain; and Università di Bologna, in Italy). During her studies she developed a special interest in Environmental Law.

She has worked in private practice as a corporate lawyer in Tijuana, Mexico. She has also worked as a consulting attorney for a bi-national immigration law firm, Despacho Jurídico Internacional, where she helped clients navigate the immigration process, focusing mainly on immigration waivers.

She is currently a Full time Professor at the Faculty of Law, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Tijuana campus, teaching Environmental and International law.

She completed her PhD program at the Instituto de Investigation Jurídica of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (IIJ-UNAM). Her thesis was on Environmental Issues in the U.S.-Mexico Border, focusing on the air pollution problem caused by the idling cars crossing the international border at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, considered the world’s busiest land border crossing, and its relation to the human right to a healthy environment recognized by the Mexican Constitution and by numerous international instruments and treaties.

Her interest in U.S.-Mexico border dynamics is rooted in her life experience residing at the Tijuana-San Diego border and she has a strong commitment to improve the lives and the environment for the region.