I am human rights scholar and my work is best summarized in my first book Prosecutorial Accountability and Victims’ Rights in Latin America (published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press). In this book I look into how private prosecution works as an accountability mechanism in Chile, Guatemala, and Mexico. Overall this book speaks to issues of legal mobilization, cause lawyering, the interactions between domestic and international law, state capacity, and rule of law.

In 2020 my book won the Outstanding Book Award from the International Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

I have specialized in the right to private prosecution and the Public Prosecutor's Office in Latin America. But currently my research agenda also covers the following topics: criminal justice impunity, judicial reform in Latin America, femicide in Latin America, the use of civil (tort) law for human rights litigation, and the historical emergence of victims’ rights.





  • “The Emergence and Diffusion of Victims’ Rights in Latin America” (under review)

  • “Specializing Justice: NGOs, Access to Justice, and Women's Rights in Latin America" (co-authored with S. D. Walsh)

  • "Foreign Aid and Judicial Reform in Latin America”. 

  • “Democracy and Human Rights in Mexico”

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