Francisco J. Urbina

Francisco J. Urbina

Associate Professor of Law

Office: 2156 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574-631-6255
Staff Assistant: Claire Shely
CV: View

Francisco J. Urbina joined the Law School in December 2022. His primary work areas are human rights, constitutional theory, and jurisprudence.

He is the author of A Critique of Proportionality and Balancing (Cambridge University Press 2017) and the co-author of Legislated Rights: Securing Human Rights through Legislation (Cambridge University Press 2018). His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the Law Quarterly Review, the American Journal of Jurisprudence, and the International Journal of Constitutional Law. His work has been cited at the European Court of Human Rights (S.J.P. and E.S. v. Sweden, dissenting opinion by Judge Serghides), the Supreme Court of Canada (R. v. Chouhan, concurrent reasons by Justice Rowe), the Court of Appeals of Ontario (Bracken v. Niagara Parks Police, and R. v. Sharma, dissenting opinion by Justice Miller) and the Australian Law Reform Commission (Traditional Rights and Freedoms—Encroachments by Commonwealth Laws).

Between 2019 and 2021, he served as a human rights advisor to the Mission of Chile to the Organization of American States and has represented the State of Chile in cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. He graduated summa cum laude from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in 2007 (recipient of the Carlos Casanueva Prize). He holds a Master of Studies in Legal Research and a Doctorate in Law from the University of Oxford.

Professor Urbina is also a Faculty Fellow at the Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.