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Mary Beloff

Professor Mary Beloff is a leading academic figure as well as a recognized activist in the field of children’s rights and juvenile justice throughout Latin America. She graduated with honors from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) Law School and earned the Magistri in Legibus (LL.M.) degree at Harvard Law School. As a young legal scholar, she developed the first curricula and taught the first juvenile justice course at the UBA Law School. This was an historical moment since there had never been a juvenile justice course in any law school in Latin America.  Prof. Beloff continues teaching as a law professor in children's rights, juvenile justice, gender and criminal law, and other related courses.

She created the first clinical program on children’s rights at the University of Buenos Aires and the first journal on legal education in Spanish, Academia. Its first thematic issue was devoted to feminism in legal education. Prof. Beloff has been a visiting professor in numerous Latin-American universities and has coordinated various research studies in children’s rights and juvenile justice.

As legal advisor and human rights activist, she has been deeply involved in the process of adopting the CRC and the CEDAW at the domestic level through legal and institutional reforms all around the region. Prof. Beloff is responsible for drafting many of the modern Latin-American legislation on child protection and juvenile justice.  Prof. Beloff was delegated with the responsibilities of providing continuing education to judges, prosecutors, public defenders and various NGO's members. Prof. Beloff's renowned reputation in her areas of expertise has made her a highly sought international consultant. She has served as a consultant to various Latin American governments, international organizations, such as UNICEF, IDB, UNOPS, ILANUD, OAS, UN and numerous NGOs.

In 2002 she was appointed Senior Legal Advisor for the newly created Rapporteurship on Childhood at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Currently, she is a member of the Advisory Panel of the UN Study on Violence against Children. She has written numerous books and articles on children’s rights, criminal law and juvenile justice. Many of her books and articles have been deemed as mandatory readings in various law schools in academic courses on children’s rights in Latin-America.

Selected publications (in Spanish) available here.