Experts listed in this section have no affiliation with the Cuba Study Group.

Labor Rights Experts

Mr. Joel Brito
Grupo por la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa en Cuba

8500 SW 8 Street # 266
Miami, FL 33144

Mr. Brito is the Executive Director of the Movimiento Sindical Independiente de Cuba ( He is widely recognized as the leading expert on Cuban labor issues and has extensive experience both within and outside Cuba in advocating for the rights of Cuban workers. In addition, Mr. Brito is the Executive Director of the Grupo por la Responsabilidad Social Corporativa en Cuba, a group of 35 non-profit organizations from 7 countries advocating for the rights of Cuban workers (

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Prof. Jesus Mercader
Universidad Carlos III

Calle Madrid, 126-128
Madrid, Spain, 28903

Jesus Mercader is a Profesor of Labor Law and Social Security at Madrid's Universidad Carlos III. He is nationally-recognized expert in labor law, has served on numerous government advisory boards and has published many books on Labor Law. Most recently, Prof. Mercader publish "Reality of Labor in Cuba and the Social Responsability of Foriegn Investors in Cuba" (Tirant lo Blanch- May 2006), an thorough and objective analysis of the systematics violation of international labor treaties adopted by Cuba and Social Responsability of foreign investors in the island.

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Mr. Jorge Perez-Lopez
Fair Labor Association

1502 22nd Street, NW
Washingotn, DC 20037

Jorge F. Pérez-López is an international economist who has conducted research and written on many aspects of the Cuban economy, including national income accounting, energy issues, and foreign trade and investment. His most recent books are Reinventing the Cuban Sugar Agroindustry (with José Alvarez, Lexington Books 2005) and Cuba’s Aborted Reform: Socioeconomic Effects, International Comparisons and Transition Policies (with Carmelo Mesa-Lago, University Press of Florida 2005). Among other publications, Pérez-López is the co-author of Conquering Nature: The Environmental Legacy of Socialism in Cuba (University of Pittsburgh Press 2000; Spanish version: Conquistar la naturaleza: el legado ambiental del socialismo en Cuba, EDAMEX 2001) and the author of Cuba’s Second Economy: From Behind the Scenes to Center State (Transaction Publishers 1995), The Economics of Cuban Sugar (University of Pittsburgh Press 1991), and Measuring Cuban Economic Performance (University of Texas Press 1987). He is the editor of Cuba at a Crossroads: Politics and Economics After the Fourth Party Congress (University Press of Florida 1994) and the co-editor of Perspectives on Cuban Economic Reforms (Arizona State University’s Center for Latin American Studies Press 1998).

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