On-Site Buenos Aires Program Director
Marcelo Alegre holds a JD from the Universidad de Buenos Aires (1987) and an LL.M. (1999) and a JSD (2004) from NYU Law School. His doctoral dissertation "Egalitarian Rights and Constitutional Democracy" was supervised by Thomas Nagel. He is a full-time Professor of Law and Philosophy at the Universidad de Buenos Aires Law School, where he directs the research area. He was a DAAD Guest Professor at the Philosophy Department of Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany, where he taught courses on Latin American ideas and institutions and on global political philosophy and human rights. In Argentina he has also taught graduate courses at the universities of Palermo and San Andrés. He was a visiting professor at the law schools of the Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Spain; Universidad de Puerto Rico; Universidad de Chile, ITAM (Mexico) and others. He was a visiting researcher at the Stanford Center for Latin American Studies and Yale Law School. Prof. Alegre was a fellow working with Carlos Nino at the Council for the Consolidation of Democracy and the Center for Institutional Studies, and was counsel for former President Raúl Alfonsín. He is a member of the Latin American Seminar on Constitutional Theory (SELA), which meets every year, an initiative of Yale Law School, UBA and other universities. He is interested in legal theory, moral and political philosophy, human rights law, constitutional law and legal education.
He has authored and co-authored several books on those subjects and on the issues of social rights, global justice, civil disobedience, conscientious objection, abortion, Latin American presidentialism, religion and the state, transitional justice, etc, etc. He regularly drafts amicus curiae on behalf of human rights claimants, has supervised the first legal clinics in Argentina, and testified as an expert before the Congress and the Supreme Court. He is member of the Ethics Committee of the Science Department at the University of Buenos Aires and of the Ethics Committee of the National Council for Scientific and Technologic Research (CONICET), which he coordinated from 2014 to 2016. His recent work includes the essay “What Justice Demands Today” published in T. Pogge (Ed.) Freedom from Poverty as a Human Right, (Oxford University Press, 2007), the co-directed book (with Roberto Gargarella) El Derecho a la Igualdad (Lexis Nexis, 2007, second edition expanded 2012), the book Homenaje a Carlos Nino (UBA, 2008), and the book Igualdad, Derecho y Política, Fontamara, México, 2010. He collaborated in The Latin American Casebook, published by Routledge in 2016. He is finishing a book on autonomy. Marcelo Alegre was a board member of the Sociedad Argentina de Análisis Filosófico
(SADAF) from 2007 to 2015, co-founder of Igualitaria (a progressive network for the study of democracy and constitutionalism), served on the board of the philosophical journals Análisis and Revista Latinoamericana de Filosofía Política, and is a founding member of both the International Association of Law Schools (IALS) and of Sui Iuris, the Iberoamerican Association of Law Schools.