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Sebastián Elías


Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires, Argentina

José Sebastián Elias holds an LLM from Yale Law School and is currently completing his doctoral dissertation (JSD candidate), also at Yale. He earned his first law degree from Universidad de Mendoza (Argentina), where he was first in his class. Mr. Elias has practiced law in the areas of constitutional law and private law, including pro-bono work in cases where access to justice is compromised due to economic reasons. He has served as Director of IEDIP (Instituto de Estudios de Interés Publico), a non-profit organization in which law students and young attorneys conducted research on public interest issues and litigated actual public interest cases. He has acted as consultant for various law firms and organizations in constitutional issues, including some dealing with constitutional aspects of antitrust legislation, regulation of the oil industry, and constitutional reform in one argentine province.  As a law student, he co-founded the journal Apuntes Jurídicos (COLADIC), where he served as Articles’ Editor.  Mr. Elias is a full-time Professor of Law at Universidad de Palermo (Buenos Aires). He has previously taught at Universidad de Congreso (Mendoza), and has been guest lecturer in the Graduate Program in Constitutional Law at the Argentine Catholic University (Buenos Aires). His main fields of interest are constitutional law, constitutional theory, and legal philosophy, and his most recent work includes: “Constitutional Changes, Transitional Justice, and Legitimacy: The Life and Death of Argentina’s ‘Amnesty’ Laws”, 31 Hastings Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 587 (2008); “’Massa’ y la saga de la ‘pesificacion’: lo bueno, lo malo, y lo feo” (The “Massa” Case and the “Pesification” Saga: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly) in 2008-I Jurisprudencia Argentina -Suplemento de Jurisprudencia de la Corte Suprema de Justicia de la Nacion- 6 (2008); “Acerca de ‘Variaciones sobre igualdad. Como valor, principio, y derecho’ de Pablo Riberi” (On Pablo Riberi’s ‘Variations of Equality: as a Value, as a Principle, and as a Right’) in El Derecho, Serie Especial Derecho Constitucional, Buenos Aires, Argentina, E.D.CO. 19/03/2008; “’Simon’ (o de como las buenas intenciones pueden socavar el Estado de Derecho)” (The ‘Simon’ Case, Or How Good Intentions Can Undermine the Rule of Law) in 2006-III Jurisprudencia Argentina -Suplemento de Jurisprudencia de la Corte Suprema de Justicia de la Nacion- 37 (2006); and “Legal Reasoning In Developing Countries: The Case Of Argentina”, 2005 Annual Publication of the Australian Legal Philosophy Students Association 95 (2006).