RFK Visiting Professor in Latin American Studies Lecture - Taking Law Seriously to Explore Economic and Social Inequality


Monday, April 17, 2017, 6:00pm to 8:00pm


CGIS South, S-216, 1730 Cambridge Street

Helena Alviar, Former Dean, Law School at the University of Los Andes; Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor, Harvard University

Since the early 20th century there have been many legal transformations in the region that have promised to redistribute resources across class, gender and race.  Nevertheless, Latin America continues to be characterized by high levels of inequality and exclusion. The presentation explores the role that diverse and, at times, contradictory legal regimes play in stalling progressive reforms.

Helena Alviar

Helena Alviar studied law at Universidad de los Andes and holds a Master’s and Doctorate in law-SJD-from Harvard Law School. She served as the Dean of the Facultad de Derecho at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, from 2011 through 2016, and is a Full Professor at the same institution.  She is  the Robert F Kennedy Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies at Harvard Law School during the Spring 2017 semester. Professor Alviar has taught at universities in Europe, the United States and Latin America. She has published extensively in the areas of feminist theory, property, law and development, social and economic rights and transitional justice.