New Trends in Latin American Constitutionalism
Conference Participants


J.S.D. Student Organizers

Soledad Bertelsen is in her second year of the J.S.D. in International Human Rights progam at Notre Dame Law School. She specializes in the role of domestic jurisdictions in the interprettation of international human rights instruments. Her dissertation topic focuses on the doctrine of the margin of appreciation in the European and Inter-American Systems for the protection on human rights.

Pablo González is in his second year of the J.S.D. in International Human Rights progam at Notre Dame Law School. He specializes in the implementation of international human rights norms and standards by municipal judiciaries, with a regional focus in Latin America. His dissertation focuses on the doctrine of conventionality control of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Pier Paolo Pigozzi is in his first year of the J.S.D. in International Human Rights progam at Notre Dame Law School. His doctoral studies focus on the transformation of the Latin American tradition of human rights in light of recent constitutional modifications in that region.

Conference Participants

José Antonio Aguilar is a professor and researcher in political science at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (CIDE), and joined the Kellogg Institute for the 2012-2013 academic year. He holds a PhD from the University of Chicago. His research focuses on electoral processes and voter behavior, liberalism, multiculturalism, and republicanism.

Paolo Carozza is the Director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, an interdisciplinary, university-wide research institute focusing primarily on the themes of democracy and human development. In the Law School, he is Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, including its J.S.D. program in International Human Rights Law. From 2006 to 2010 he was a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and served as its President in 2008-09. Professor Carozza’s expertise is in the areas of comparative law, human rights, and international law, and his extensive writings in these areas have been published in Europe and Latin America as well as in the United States.

Roberto Gargarella is Professor of Law at the University of Torcuato Di Tella (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Associate Professor of Law at Universidad de Buenos Aires. He has held positions as a visiting scholar at Columbia University, Universidad Pomeu Fabra, New York University, University of Bergen, and University of Chicago. Professor Gargarella holds a J.S.D and an LL.M. from the University of Chicago, a Ph.D. from the University of Buenos Aires, a B.A. in Sociology and an LL.B, both from the University of Buenos Aires, and he completed his postdoctoral studies at Balliol College at Oxford. His research focuses on constitutional theory and political philosophy.

Agustín Grijalva is Professor of Law at the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar (Ecuador). He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, an LL.M. from the University of Kansas, and an LL.B. from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. His research focuses on constitutional interpretation, fundamental rights, and international human rights.

Santiago Legarre is Professor of Law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Researcher (CONICET, Argentina). He holds a Ph.D. in Law from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, an M.St. from Oxford and LL.B. from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina. He has being visiting professor in several American universities, including Louisiana State Uuniversity, Valparaiso University School of Law (Indiana) and Notre Dame Law School. His research interests lie in constitutional law and jurisprudence.

Manuel Nuñez is Professor of Public Law at the Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Chile). He is also Council Member of the Instituto Nacional de Derechos Humanos (Chile). He holds a Ph.D. in Law from Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and a LL.B. from Universidad Católica de Valparaíso. Professor Núñez has a longstanding interest in human rights, margin of appreciation and indigenous peoples law. He is currently conducting research on the national and international regimes for indigenous land rights.

Marisol Peña Torres is a judge of the Constitutional Court of Chile since 2006. She is also Professor of Constitutional and International Law, and the Director of the Department of Public Law at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She has a B.A. in law from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and a M.A. in International Studies from Universidad de Chile. Professor Peña has published a number of articles in the field of public law in several law journals.

César Rodriguez Garavito is Professor of Law and founding Director of the Program on Global Justice and Human Rights at Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), and a founding member of the Center for Law, Justice, and Society (Dejusticia). He is a visiting professor at Stanford Law School, and has held visiting appointments at Brown University, the University of Pretoria (South Africa), Fundação Getulio Vargas (Brazil), the Åbo Academy of Human Rights (Finland), and the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar (Ecuador). He serves on the Editorial Board of the Annual Review of Law and Social Science. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. (Sociology) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.A. from NYU’s Institute for Law and Society, an M.A. (Philosophy) from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and a J.D. from Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). His areas of research and publication include law and society, constitutional law, social movements, and globalization.

Fernando Toller is Professor of Law at the Universidad Austral (Buenos Aires, Argentina), where he directs the Jurisprudence and Constitutional Law Department. He holds a J.D. from Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina, and a Ph.D. in Law from University of Navarra (Spain), both with Honors. He has published several books and law review articles regarding Constitutional Law, Human Rights, Jurisprudence and Legal Education. ProfessorToller is Visiting Professor in Law Schools of Spain and Latin America, and gave classes and presentations in several American Law Schools. He does an extensive work as consultant and litigator in Public Interest Law, both in the national and Inter-American levels.

Oscar Vilhena Vieira is the Dean of the School of Law of Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV/SP). He is a professor in Constitutional Law and Human Rights. He was the founder and co-director of Conectas Human Rights and the Pro Bono Institute. He has a B.A. in law from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo; LL.M. from Columbia University; M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the Universidade de São Paulo, and post-doctoral studies at the Centre for Brazilian Studies, at Oxford University. He has written several books and academic articles on constitutional law, human rights and law and development. Professor Vilhena is member of several civil society organizations and academic programs advisory boards, including OSI – Human Rights board, Pro Bono Institute, FIESP legal counsel, ANDI; he is the co-president of the Law School’s Global League. Since 2004, he has been Ashoka Global Fellow and Avina Leader. Professor Vilhena has also being an active pro bono lawyer in several human rights cases at the Brazilian Supreme Court.

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