SJD Candidate
Thesis title:
The legal construction of scales: a legal geography approach to childcare and the household in Buenos Aires City
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Mercedes researches the legal construction of spatial and temporal scales from a legal geography perspective. Particularly, how the different laws in the context of Buenos Aires, Argentina, unfold childcare in the private space and time of the household, shaping women’s inequality.

Mercedes received her LL.B. in 2007 (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina), her LL.M. in Reproductive Rights in 2009 (University of Toronto, Canada), her Diploma in Women and Human Rights in 2011 (Universidad de Chile), and her Specialization in Criminal Law in 2016 (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella).

From 2014 to 2016, Mercedes was an Adjunct Professor. First in Universidad de Palermo, where she taught “Jurisprudence” and later in Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, where she taught "Introduction to Argentine Constitutional Law" and "Gender and the Criminal Law".

Her professional path includes being a court clerk at the Federal Supreme Court of Argentina,  the Director of the Socio-Economic Rights Program at Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (Argentina), and a Secretary of Court at the 4th National Court on Federal Criminal Law in Buenos Aires City (Argentina) before starting her SJD at the University of Toronto in 2016. 

University of Toronto, Canada - SJD candidate (2016-2019)
Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina - Specialization in Criminal Law (2014-2016)
Universidad de Chile, Chile - Diploma in Women and Human Rights (2011)
University of Toronto, Canada - LL.M. in Sexual and Reproductive Rights (2008-2009)
Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina - LL.B. (2002-2007)
Awards and Distinctions
P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (2017-2018)
Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowship (2017-2018)
University of Toronto, Faculty of Law Doctoral Fellowship (2016-2019)
University of Toronto, International Program on Human Rights Award (2009)
University of Toronto, Faculty of Law LL.M Scholarship (2008-2009)
Professional Affiliations
Member, Colegio Público de Abogados de la Capital Federal (Buenos Aires Bar Association). Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Fellow, International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Program.University of Toronto. Toronto, Canada.
Affiliate, Centre on Law and Social Transformation. Bergen, Norway.
Member, Red Latinoamericana de Academicos/as del Derecho "Red Alas" (LatinAmerican Network of Legal Scholars).
Member, Amnistia Argentina. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Research Interests
Critical Legal Theory
Family Law
Feminist Analysis of Law
Legal Theory
Sexuality and the Law
Committee Members
Mariana Valverde