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Eugenio Raul Zaffaroni

Eugenio Raul Zaffaroni is an Argentine lawyer, PhD in Law and Social Sciences , and member of the Supreme Court of Justice of Argentina since 2003.


Zaffaroni is Professor and Head of the Department of Criminal Law, Universidad de Buenos Aires, and Vicepresident of the Scientific Committee, International Association of Penal Law. He is the President of the Advisory Committee of the Instituto de Politicas Publicas (Public Policies Institute) . He was awarded with OEA and Max Planck Stiftung fellowships, and in 2009 with the Stockholm Prize in Criminology.


He was a judge during two decades, having retired as a member of the Federal Penal Court of Buenos Aires City. Then he was the General Director at the Instituto Latinoamericano de Prevencion del Delito, a specialized organism of the UN. He was part of the ad hoc assembly that drew the 1994 reform of the Argentine Constitution, representing FrePaSo, member of the Buenos Aires Chamber of Representatives in 1997, and Director, National Institute Against Discrimination during 2000-2001.

As a man of the law, Zaffaroni has been repeatedly called a "garantista", that is, a supporter of the individual guarantees granted by the Constitution of Argentina as first principles.

He is close to critical criminology, and has criticized the War on Drugs


Zaffaroni was Professor in several Universities of Latin America and he is Doctor Honoris Causa by the Universidade do Estado de Rio de Janeiro, Universidad Mayor de San Andres, La Paz, Bolivia, Universita degli Studi di Macerata, Macerata, Italia Universidad Nacional San Andres de Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina, Universidad para la Cooperacion Internacional, San Jose, Costa Rica, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Penales, Mexico, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo, Espana. He is member of many academic organizations and specialized periodical publications.


Eugenio Zaffaroni was the author of projects for Penal Law in Argentina (1991), Ecuador (1992) and Costa Rica (1991). He wrote 25 books, including Manual de Derecho Penal, Tratado de Derecho Penal in five volumes, En busca de las penas perdidas and Estructuras judiciales. He wrote a number of papers in national and international periodical publications, and legislation projects.

He is considered as a guaranties defender". Zaffaroni is a main reference for the liberal penal lawyers. His work Derecho Penal: Parte General, with the co-authorship of Alejandro Slokar and Alejandro Alagia, reached the peak of sells and reading in Latin American Universities in a very short time.

External links

Homenaje al jurista Eugenio Raul Zaffaroni - de www.iuspenalismo.com.ar

Video entrevista a Raul Zaffaroni, de www.cienciaspenales.net, Toledo, Espana, 2007.

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