Horacio Spector

Horacio Spector
Phone: (619) 260-2322
Office: Pardee Legal Research Center 314

Victoria Lyons
(619) 260-2320

Professor of Law

  • Doctor in Legal Science, 1991, University of Buenos Aires
  • MPhil, 1986, Argentine Society of Philosophical Analysis
  • LLB, 1979, University of Buenos Aires

Areas of Expertise

Professor Spector teaches International Migration Law, Introduction to U.S. Law (for international LLM students), Jurisprudence and Legal Theory, Comparative Law, International Law, and Latin American Legal Institutions.

Professional Experience

Professor Spector is the former provost of Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina and founding dean of the Torcuato Di Tella Law School, where he teaches legal theory, political philosophy, and constitutional law. He has been welcomed as visiting professor at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center of Louisiana State University, the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Universidad de Alicante in Spain. Professor Spector has served as co-editor of the Argentine Congressional Record and the managing editor of Latin American and Caribbean Journal of Legal Studies.     

Honors and Affiliations

Professor Spector was a John Simon Guggenheim fellow at Harvard University and has also visited as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the University of Mannheim, Oxford University's Balliol College, the University of Heidelberg and the Humboldt University of Berlin. In 1996, he was awarded the Diploma of Merit Konex in Philosophy of Law, and in 2008 he received the Atlas Foundation’s Francisco de Vitoria Prize in Human Rights for his leadership in human rights studies at the Torcuato Di Tella School of Law. In 2020, he received the Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship at the European University Institute.

Scholarly Work

Value Pluralism and the Two Concepts of Rights” in 46 San Diego Law Review 819 (2010); “Don't Cry for Me Argentina: Economic Crises and the Restructuring of Financial Property” in 14 Fordham Journal of Banking and Financial Law 771 (2009); “The Right to a Constitutional Jury” in 3 Legisprudence 111 (2009); and “A Contractarian Approach to Unconscionability” in 81 Chicago-Kent Law Review 96 (2006).

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