Mariana Castrellon

J.S.D. Candidate, SPILS Teaching Fellow, and Lecturer in Law
Stanford Law School

Mariana, from Colombia, is a doctoral candidate at Stanford Law School, interested in the legal aspects of sociology of the family. Particularly, Mariana is interested in exploring how the legal differences between marriage and cohabitation affect gender equality among couples.

Mariana earned her degree as a lawyer in 2009 from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. She also holds a B.A in Political Science (2010) from the same university. Mariana graduated in June 2015 from the Master in the Science of Law (JSM) from Stanford Law School. In her JSM, Mariana completed a quantitative analysis on the use of the tutela (writ for the protection of constitutional rights) by forced displaced people in Colombia.

Before joining Stanford, Mariana worked at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia as a researcher at the Center for Socio-Legal Studies, where she coordinated the research group on Law and Gender. She also worked on constitutional law research projects and armed conflict-related projects. At Universidad de los Andes, Mariana taught Legal Theory. Mariana has experience in public policy formulation as she worked in the National Planning Department, a technical governmental institution in Colombia. There she coordinated and collaborated in the drafting of the National Plan for the Financing of the Victims and Land Restitution Law and the National Plan for the Attention and Integral Reparation of Victims.

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