Macarena Saez

Fellow in ILSP

Office: Room 356
Phone: 202-274-4388
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Macarena Sáez is a Fellow in the International Legal Studies Program and teaches at WCL in the areas of Family Law, Comparative Law, and International Human Rights. Her main areas of research are gender discrimination in Latin America, and comparative family law. Professor Sáez is also the Faculty Director of WCL's Impact Litigation Project.

Macarena is member of the Executive Committee of the Network of Latin American Scholars on Gender, Sexuality and Legal Education ALAS, organization that provides trainings to law professors in Latin America on mainstreaming gender and sexuality perspectives in legal education. She is also member of Libertades Públicas, an organization that promotes civil liberties in Latin America. With this organization she was one of the lead counsels for the victims in the first case on sexual orientation before the Inter American System of Human Rights Atala and daughters v. Chile.

Before coming to WCL Macarena was a faculty member at the University of Chile Law School where she taught jurisprudence and worked actively in law school's curriculum reform. She has also taught feminist jurisprudence and human rights in different universities of Latin America and Europe.



Areas of Specialization

  • Comparative Law
  • Gender and the Law
  • International Human Rights
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., University of Chile School of Law
  • LL.M., Yale Law School

  • Selected Publications

    • Macarena Saez & Christina Motta, Gender and Sexuality in Latin America: Cases and Decisions (Macarena Saez & Christina Motta, eds., Springer May 2013).
    • Macarena Saez, General Report on Same-Sex Marriage around the World, in General Reports of the XVIIIth Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law (Karen B. Brown & David V. Snyder, eds., Springer Mar. 2012).
    • Macarena Saez, Same Sex- Marriage, Same-Sex Cohabitation, and Same-Sex Families Around the World: Why “Same” Is So Different?, 19 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Policy & L. __ (2011).
    • Macarena Saez, Simposio: Matrimonio entre Parejas de un Mismo Sexo, Anuario de Derechos Humanos 2011, U. of Chile L. Sch. Ctr. for Hum. Rights (Symposium: same sex marriage, Human Rights Yearbook 2011).
    • Macarena Saez & Cristina Motta eds, La Mirada de los Jueces: Decisiones sobre Género y Sexualidad en Latinoamérica (Siglo del Hombre Press 2008).
    • Macarena Saez, Breve análisis de las tendencias feministas contemporáneas y su relación con el derecho, in Derechos Humanos, Relaciones Internacionales y Globalización: Studia in honorem Nelson Mandela (Grupo Editorial Ibañez Mar. 2007, reedited Sept. 2009).
    • Macarena Saez, Comentario sobre el proyecto ‘Transformación de la Condición Legal de la Mujer: Integrando temas de género en la doctrina y enseñanza del derecho', in Revista Academia (Universidad de Buenos Aires Oct. 2006).
    • + More Publications...

  • + Selected Works in Progress

    • Macarena Saez, ed., Same-Sex Couples: Comparative Insights on Marriage and Cohabitation (Springer, Dordrecht forthcoming Mar. 2012).