Francisco J. Urbina

Francisco J. Urbina

Visiting Professor of Law
Visiting Fellow, Kellogg Institute for International Studies

Office: 2156 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574-631-6255
Staff Assistant: Kirsten Niederer
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Francisco J. Urbina is a visiting fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and a concurrent visiting professor at the Law School. His primary areas of work are human rights, constitutional law and jurisprudence, devoting particular attention to regional systems of protection of human rights, legal methods for evaluating limitations of human rights, and to the role of courts and legislatures in promoting human rights. He is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Law of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and fellow of the Center for International Studies in that same University.

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. 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).

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 Carlos Casanueva Prize) and earned a Masters in Legal Studies and a Doctorate in Law from the University of Oxford in 2013.