Luis Salas

Luis Salas

Professor, Director of the Center for the Administration of Justice, Associate Vice President for Research

Areas of Expertise

Democracy Building and Governance, Justice Systems in Developing Countries, Combating terrorism


BA, North Carolina State University, Political Science, 1968
JD, Wake Forest University, 1971


Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, MARC-330
Phone: 305.348.5952

In 1984, Professor Salas was named director of the Center for the Administration of Justice (CAJ) at FIU. Funding agencies have awarded over $60 million dollars to CAJ since 1984. CAJ has been the recipient of major grants from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for projects in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and Venezuela. In addition to USAID work, other international donors have relied on CAJ's expertise.

In 2006 the Center was awarded a $20.5 million five-year grant from USAID/Colombia to implement a judicial reform and modernization project. The Project includes support to implementation of a new criminal accusatorial system; strengthened court administration, management, and prevention and sanctioning of ethical violations; increased access to justice (public defense, ADR and rural justice houses); and civil society promotion including administration of a small grants program.

Professor Salas has been a consultant to a number of state, federal and international organizations as well as private consulting firms. He has conducted technical assistance, training, and evaluation consultancies for USAID and other international donors in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela, and beyond the region, in Jordan. Salas was contracted by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to conduct an assessment of Public security in six post-conflict countries (Guatemala, El Salvador, Haiti, Rwanda, Somalia, and Mozambique. As the lead technical consultant to the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) and Harvard Law School Rule of Law Project in Central America, Salas worked on modernizing Central American property systems (real property, personal property, intellectual property and copyrights) as well as linking them with land cadasters.