Buenos Aires Faculty Bios

Marcelo Alegre

Global Professor of Law

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 is a DAAD Guest Professor at the Philosophy Department of Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany, where he teaches in the interdisciplinary Program "Ethics - Economics, Law and Politics" (EELP) a course on Latin American ideas and institutions and another 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, and transitional justice.

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. 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.

 

Eduardo Bertoni

Global Clinical Professor of Law

Professor Eduardo Bertoni (Phd, Buenos Aires University) is the Director of the National Data Protection Authority in Argentina. He was the founder and the first director of the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) at Palermo University School of Law, Argentina. He was the Executive Director of the Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF) until May, 2006. Previously, he was the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights at the Organization of American States (2002-2005). Teaching Fellow at the Human Rights Institute at Columbia University School of Law (2001). Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow (2012-13) at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Former member of the advisory boards of the Human Rights Initiative (Open Society Foundations), the Media Legal Defence Initiative, the Freedom of Information Advocates Network (FOIAnet), among others. Dr. Bertoni has also worked as an advisor to the Department of Justice and Human Rights in Argentina. He is an Argentinean lawyer and holds a Masters in International Policy and Practice from the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University. Prof. Bertoni currently teaches at Buenos Aires University School of Law and New York University School of Law (Global Clinical Professor). He published several opinion pieces on democracy and human rights in leading newspapers in the Americas and has written several publications on judicial reforms, international criminal law and human rights & Internet.

 

Martín Böhmer

Global Professor of Law

Mr. Böhmer is National Director in the Ministry of Justice of Argentina, in charge of the relation between the Ministry, the academic community and civil society. He is Professor of Legal Theory at Universidad de Buenos Aires Law School and Global Professor of Law, New York University School of Law at Buenos Aires. He teaches also at the Universidad Nacional de Rio Negro Law School.

He was professor and former founding Dean of the Law School at Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires He was Senior Reseracher and former founding Director of the Justice Area at CIPPEC (a public policy NGO in Buenos Aires). He was Dean of the Universidad de Palermo Law School, and the first Director of its Public Interest Law Clinic.

Among his honors, Mr. Böhmer was awarded the 2016 Konex Prize of the Humanities in Legal Theory and Philosophy, he was chosen as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum 2002, Davos, Switzerland, and by the Ashoka Foundation as an Innovators for the Public Fellow. He has also served as a Fulbright fellow, as a Visiting Scholar at the Yale Law School, and as an Advisor for the Council for the Consolidation of Democracy, an advisory body for Constitutional and Judicial Reform to former Argentine President Raul Alfonsín. Mr. Böhmer is one of the founders of the Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (Association for Civil Rights).

Mr. Böhmer received his law degree from the University of Buenos Aires and his J.S.D. and LL.M. from Yale Law School.

 

Andrés de la Cruz

Global Adjunct Professor of Law

Mr. de la Cruz is a partner in the New York and Buenos Aires offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Mr. de la Cruz’s practice focuses on advising private and public sector clients in connection with cross-border corporate and financial matters, including debt restructurings, securities offerings, structured financing, as well as mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. In recent years, Mr. de la Cruz has worked on numerous transactions, including security offerings, restructurings and refinancings in the United States, Latin America and Europe. Mr. de la Cruz’s corporate practice in Latin America is distinguished among the best in the region by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Latin America and The Legal 500 Latin America. He is also recognized as a leading capital markets and project finance lawyer by The Legal 500 U.S. Mr. de la Cruz received an Abogado degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 1985, an LLM degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1987, and a Diploma from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in 1988.

 

Guillermo Jorge

Global Adjunct Professor of Law

Guillermo Jorge is a lecturer at San Andres University School of Law (Argentina) where he currently teaches International Business Law & Globalization, Compliance with Anti-bribery Laws and Business Ethics. He holds a law degree from Buenos Aires University (1995) and an LLM from Harvard Law School (2003). He has been Drapper-Hills fellow at Stanford University (2009); Reagan-Fascell Democracy fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (2006) and visiting scholar at the Center of Latin American Studies of Stanford University (2002). Guillermo is also the managing partner of Governance Latam, a Buenos Aires based legal and consulting firm with a strong focus in preventing and enforcing anticorruption and anti-money laundering laws and regulations. Regular clients include Latin American governments and multinational companies operating in the region.

 

Mariana Pargendler

Global Professor of Law

Mariana Pargendler is Professor of Law at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School in São Paulo, where she is also a director of the Center for Law, Economics, and Governance. Her scholarship examines problems in corporate law, corporate governance, and contract law from an economic and comparative perspective. She holds an LLB and a PhD (Law) from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), as well LLM and JSD degrees from Yale Law School. While at Yale, she was a research fellow at the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management, as well as an Olin fellow at the Center for Studies in Law, Economics, and Public Policy at Yale Law School. Prior to joining academia, she was a corporate associate at the New York office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

 

Julio César Rivera Jr.

Global Adjunct Professor of Law

Professor Julio César Rivera, Jr. is a partner at Julio César Rivera Abogados in Buenos Aires and a professor at the Law School of Universidad de San Andrés where he teaches the courses “Derechos y Libertades Constitucionales” and “Arbitration.” He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Universidad Católica Argentina in 1997 and obtained an LL.M from Harvard Law School in 2000. He also received his Ph.D in law from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 2008. Mr. Rivera’s expertise focuses on insolvency law (reorganization procedure, bankruptcy, debt restructuring and pre-pack agreements), complex commercial litigation, international and domestic arbitration and constitutional law. In the area of insolvency law, his experience includes the representation of Club Atlético Huracán and Azurix Buenos Aires in their reorganization proceedings.

 

María Florencia Saulino

Global Clinical Associate Professor of Law

María Florencia Saulino is the Director of the Center for Studies on Environmental Law and Policy (CEDEPA) and a Professor of Law at Palermo University’s School of Law. She received her law degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires, where she also acted as teaching and research assistant in the Public Law department. She also received a LLM with a concentration on Environmental Law from New York University. After she graduated from NYU, she worked as a Research Fellow in Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law, performing research on comparative environmental law and policy, with a special focus on Climate Change and its impact on future generations in developing countries. Before joining the Palermo University faculty, she clerked for the Honorable Chief Justice Ricardo Lorenzetti in the Argentine Supreme Court. She directs the Environmental Law Program at Palermo University where she also teaches “Environmental Law” and “Federalism and Environmental Regulation.” She has worked as a research consultant for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America on topics related to biofuels and water.