Degree in Public Law. He received his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the University of Frankfurt, Federal Republic of Germany.
Completed advanced studies in criminal law and criminal justice administration at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, and at the Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI), Tokyo, Japan, respectively.
He served as Dean, Professor of Criminal Law, Coordinator of the Master’s Program in Criminal Sciences at the Law School of the University of Costa Rica.
Former Judge of Cassation and Appeals of the II Judicial Circuit of San José. Former Director of the Judicial School. Worked as Alternate Magistrate of the Third Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice.
Lecturer and International Consultant in Criminal Law, Criminal Policy, and Personal Data Protection Law.
Member of the Ibero-American Network of Personal Data Protection.
He participated in the discussion of criminal legislation in various countries of the Central American and Caribbean region. His contribution was fundamental to the discussion that led to the new Penal Code of Nicaragua in 2007 and the Penal Code of Ecuador in 2010. He also participated for several years in various commissions aimed at reviewing the Draft of the Criminal Code of Costa Rica.
He was contributed as a drafter of the Model Law on Access to Public Information commissioned by the Organization of American States and of the Draft for the Law for the Protection of the Individual against the Processing of Personal Data, which was the basis for the recently approved legislation on protection of personal data in Costa Rica.
He was part of the analysis and discussion of the Draft for the law for the Protection of Personal Data of Nicaragua. He participated in the discussion of the draft law on access to public information in Honduras and El Salvador.
Author of several books, essays, and articles on criminal and procedural law, constitutional law, criminal policy, computer law, and new technologies, especially personal data protection, published in Latin America and Europe.
His area of professional practice is economic criminal law, and he represents important cases in this area before the country’s criminal courts.