Marcela Prieto Rudolphy is an associate professor of law and philosophy at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law. Her research areas include international law, the international laws of armed conflict, comparative constitutional law, and political, moral and legal philosophy. She teaches public international law, criminal law and criminal procedure.
Prieto graduated summa cum laude from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. In 2015, she graduated from the LLM program at New York University, where she was an Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar and part of the Transitional Justice Leadership program. In 2020, she obtained her JSD degree from New York University.
Her dissertation, entitled “The Laws of War: The Fragility in Regulating Killing,” won the 2021 NYU University-Wide Outstanding Dissertation Award in Social Sciences. Her book, entitled “The Morality of the Laws of War: War, Law, and Murder,” was published by Oxford University Press in 2023 and won the 2023 ABILA New Author Award.
From 2012-2014, Prieto worked at the Chilean Ministry of Interior (Human Rights Program) prosecuting crimes against humanity committed during Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship.
She is co-editor in chief of the Spanish issue of the International Journal of Constitutional Law.