María Luisa is a consultant for the Legal Program for Latin America of the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights. She collaborates with strategic litigation actions before the Inter-American Human Rights System (IAHRS) and the Universal System, implementing, together with allied organizations, the legal strategy, advocacy actions and strengthening the capacities of partners in the assigned country.
Before joining Race and Equality, Ma. Luisa worked as a lawyer responsible for strategic litigation in the Program for Central America and Mexico of the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL). She also worked as a professor of legal anthropology and criminology at the Universidad Austral de Chile, and as a researcher at the Center for Environmental Studies and Sustainable Human Development of the same university (CEAM-UACh).
Ma. Luisa graduated as a lawyer and social anthropologist from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. She has a master’s degree in Economics, as well as specializations in ESCER and the rights of indigenous peoples from the University of Chile; in international cooperation and migration from the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid, Spain, among others. She is currently pursuing a Masters in International Human Rights Law at the United Nations University for Peace (UPEACE).