Amaury
Reyes Torres

Associate

Santo Domingo, Dominican RepublicP 809-567-8444F 809-567-8200 v-card

Areas de práctica

Idiomas

  • Italian
  • French
  • Spanish
  • English

He is experienced in civil, commercial, administrative and constitutional litigation. He also works as a consultant in preparing strategic legal opinions for the implementation of projects in regulated and unregulated markets; design of legal strategies for judicial and extrajudicial litigation, as well as drafting of transactions and negotiations. He has been part of important transactions in the financial field of acquisitions and negotiation of large-scale debts.

Professional Career and Work Experience

He began his professional career in one of the most important boutique firms in the Dominican Republic, where he worked in all its departments, mostly in the area of litigation, with a concentration in insurance law, tort law and contract law. He also served as an appeals and cassation lawyer in criminal matters; and in the drafting and formalization of real estate acquisitions.

Subsequently, he entered the Constitutional Court as a lawyer of temporary affiliation until 2017. During his instance in the high court he prepared memoranda, consultations, opinions, drafts of internal resolutions, at the service of the Secretariat and the Presidency of the Constitutional Court, as well as any high court official. He worked on the structuring of the sentencing program of the Constitutional Court, currently used as input for the website, the constitutional bulletin, the Constitutional Court’s yearbook and accountability report; when the team was formed, he became the coordinator of the Sentence Rapporteurship Unit. Finally, he was part of the legal-administrative team, together with professional technicians from the Republic of Peru, especially the Constitutional Court of that country, of the file management system in its first two phases.

In 2015, he assumed the position of intern in the Federal Court of Appeals of the United States of America for the Second Circuit of the City of New York, for the honorable judge Denny Chin. There he assisted the lawyers in the preparation of opinions, memoranda and provision of inputs for the preparation of sentences, as well as assistance to Judge Chin in his affairs in the office. Likewise, he was part of the team of editors of the Fordham International Law Review and of the team of writers and researchers at "Rights Wire" from the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at the University Fordham School of Law.

In 2017, he joined the prestigious firm of De Camps Vásquez Valera, where he holds the position of Director of the Litigation Department, focusing his practice in civil law, commercial law, constitutional law, administrative law and complex transactions, alternative dispute resolution and contractual litigation arrangements. He has participated in municipal administrative contentious processes, constitutional processes under amparo before the Superior Administrative Court and before the Constitutional Court. Together with the Directorate of Corporate and Business Practices, he is involved in the judicial aspects of restructuration and commercial settlement processes, as well as in operations and corporate transactions, especially for regulated markets, and in financing large scale projects.

Education and Recognitions

He studied law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (2007). He completed his master's degree in Economic Regulation Law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (2009); Constitutional Law at the Universidad Iberoamericana (2009) and Justice and International Law at Fordham University School of Law, NY (2016); as well as various diplomas in the field of litigation, contracts and public law. He completed technical degrees in "International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law" from the Academy of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of the American University Washington College of Law. He won first prize for his Essay on Human Rights, 2013 Edition; and, honorable mention, for his Essay on Human Rights, 2014 Edition. Both were published later in the American University International Law Review.

Memberships and Teaching Positions

Member of the Bar Association of the Dominican Republic. Member of the Bar of the State of New York, United States of America. Member and former president of the Latin American Council for International and Comparative Law Studies (COLADIC-RD). Professor of Constitutional Law and Political Theory and Constitutional Processes and Procedures at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE). Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), in Theory and Philosophy of Law; and Constitutional Interpretation in the masters of Constitutional Law. Teacher at the National School of the Magistracy.

Publications and News

American University International Law Review

“Principle of Equality and Non-Discrimination as a Limit to the Margin of Appreciation in the Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage” 29 (4) (2014).

“The Protection of Persons with Disabilities under the American Convention on Human Rights from the Approach of Capabilities ”30 (2) 2015.

Jurist Academic Commentary

Equal Protection Test: Lessons from Judge Posner's Opinion on Equal Marriage, JURIST - Academic, Oct. 16, 2014, http://jurist.org/academic/2014/10/Amaury-Reyes-Torres-equal- protection.php.

Equal Marriage, tradition and time: the power of public deliberation, JURIST - Forum, June. 3, 2015, http://jurist.org/dateline/2015/06/Amaury-Reyes-Torres-Equal-Marriage.php

Obergefell and Equal Marriage: A Few Points for a Long Debate, JURIST - Forum, July 9, 2015, http://jurist.org/dateline/2015/07/Amaury-Reyes-Equal-Marriage.php.

Oliari v. Italy: The First Step to Equal Marriage in Europe, JURIST - Professional Commentary, August 17, 2015, http://jurist.org/hotline/2015/08/amaury-reyes-torres-equal-marriage.php.

General Journal of Comparative Public Law, Madrid, Spain

“A Question of Appreciation: The Margin of Appreciation in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights” 18 (2015)

GRED Legal Magazine

“Margin of Appreciation, Conventionality and Rights” (2015)

“Gender equality and identity test: right of trans people not to be forced to adapt to gender stereotypes?” (2017)

Collective Books (Recent Publications)

  • “Five reasons why the Constitution does not prevent same-sex couples from accessing marriage” Lawyers SDQ Compilation of Legal Studies (2018), https://issuu.com/abogadosdq/docs/celabogadosdq2018.
  • “Comments to the Judgment TC / 0058/18” Dominican Journal of Constitutional Procedural Law (2017).
  • “The legal and legitimately protected interest in the Dominican Constitutional Tribunal doctrine and the justification for its extension.” Dominican Journal of Constitutional Procedural Law (2018).
  • “The justifiability of cases or controversies in the control of constitutionality: Political issues and lack of purpose” Yearbook of the Constitutional Court (2019).
  • “The Weimar Constitution of 1919 and the Death of Social Constitutionalism” Dominican Journal of Constitutional Procedural Law (2019).
  • “The Constitution and Constitutional Patriotism" in Medinas Reyes and Jorge Prats, Liber Amicorum in tribute to Dr. Magistrate Milton Ray Guevara (2019)
  • “Conflicts of precedents” Lawyers SDQ Compilation of Legal Studies (2019), https://issuu.com/abogadosdq/docs/celabogadosdq2019.

News

Practice areas

  • Constitutional Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Contracts Law
  • Tort Law
  • Civil law
  • Economic Regulation Law
  • Constitutional Law (USA)
  • International Trade
  • Human Rights Law
  • Non-contractual constitutional liability (Sec. 1983; USA)

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian