NYU Law Abroad

Buenos Aires Faculty Bios

Marcelo Alegre

On-Site Director and Global Professor of Law

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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. 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.


Andrés de la Cruz

Global Adjunct Professor of Law

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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

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Guillermo Jorge is a partner at Bruchou & Funes de Rioja, a leading law firm in Argentina. He heads the Compliance, Internal Investigations and Business Crime practice. A recognized expert in anti-corruption and anti-money laundering compliance in Latin America, Guillermo has been involved in a significant number of high-profile investigations and has led several legal reform processes in the region. He has extensively published on topics of his specialty and is a frequent speaker at international conferences. Guillermo is a lecturer at the International Anticorruption Academy and at San Andrés University. He was a fellow at Stanford University (2002 and 2009), at the National Endowment for Democracy (2006).


Nahuel Maisley

Global Associate Professor of Law

Nahuel Maisley

Nahuel Maisley holds a Law Degree and a Doctorate in Law from the University of Buenos Aires, and an LLM in International Legal Studies from NYU Law. He is an Associate Researcher at CONICET, the Argentinean National Council for Scientific Research, and an Associate Professor of International Law at the University of Buenos Aires. He is also a fellow in the “InfraReg” project at the Institute for International Law and Justice, at NYU.

Nahuel has received a number of scholarships and awards, including the Hauser Global Scholarship, the Jerome Lipper Award in International Legal Studies, the Thomas Franck Scholarship in International Law, the Lloyd N. Cutler Fellowship in International Law, and UBACyT and DeCyT scholarships. His work, which usually combines legal and political theory with international law, has been published in various books and journals, including the NYU Law Review, the Annual Review of Law and Social Sciences, and the European Journal of International Law. In the past, Nahuel has been a visiting scholar at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) and at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg).


Mariana Pargendler

Global Professor of Law

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Mariana Pargendler is Full 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 LL.B. and a PhD (Law) from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), as well LL.M. and J.S.D. 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 LLP. 


Julio César Rivera Jr.

Global Adjunct Professor of Law

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Professor Julio César Rivera, Jr. is a partner at Marval O’Farrell Mairal in Buenos Aires. His expertise focuses on international arbitration, international investment law and complex and cross-border commercial litigation. He regularly acts as counsel in international commercial arbitrations under ICC and UNCITRAL Rules, involving the oil & gas industry, M&A transactions, construction disputes and electricity-related matter. He is also a professor at the Law School of Universidad de San Andrés where he teaches courses on International Investment Law and Conflict of Laws. 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 PhD in law from the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 2008.


María Florencia Saulino

Global Clinical Professor of Law

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María Florencia Saulino focuses on environmental law, federalism, and comparative constitutional law. She is a Global Clinical Professor of Law at New York University and a Professor of Law at Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina. Prior to joining the NYU Law Abroad faculty, she clerked for the Honorable Chief Justice Ricardo Lorenzetti in the Argentine Supreme Court. She joined the law faculty of Universidad de San Andrés in 2016 and served as Dean from 2017 to 2020. She directs the Public Law Center of Universidad de San Andrés. She has worked as a research consultant for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the World Bank, and the United Nations Development Program.

Professor Saulino holds a Doctorate in Law from Universidad de Buenos Aires and an LL.M. from NYU Law, where she was a post-doctoral research fellow at NYU’s Center on Environmental and Land Use Law.