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Valeria Vegh Weis

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Valeria Vegh Weis is an Argentinean/German professor of Criminology and Transitional Justice at Buenos Aires University (UBA) and National Quilmes University at the graduate and postgraduate levels. She is an associate researcher at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Germany where she co-directs the research group “Transnational Criminal Law in Transatlantic Perspective (18701945): Towards a dialogue between the Global North and the Global South”, which tries to unearth the role of the Global South in the conformation of transnational criminal regimes and the selectivity and unfairness of the global criminal justice systems. She is currently an Alexander von Humboldt Post-Doctoral Researcher at Freie Universität Berlin, where she focuses on the role of human rights and victims’ organizations in the enforcement of truth, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-repetition.

She holds a permanent position at the Argentinean Public Defender agency, where she works in an interdisciplinary team oriented to reduce the social vulnerability of the defendants. Overall, Vegh Weis has fifteen years of experience working in different criminal courts and international organizations. Her prior position was at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in the Rapporteurship of Memory, Truth and Justice, where she helped develop the Principles of Politics of Memory for the Americas.

She holds a PhD in Law and an LL.M. in Criminal Law from UBA and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University. She has held prestigious fellowships including the Fulbright and the Hauser Global Scholarships.

She has published extensively in the topics of criminology, transitional justice, criminal law and mental health law. Her book Marxism and Criminology: A History of Criminal Selectivity (BRILL 2017, Haymarket Books 2018) was awarded the Choice Award by the American Library Association and the Outstanding Book Award by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.