Professor Paola Bergallo Discusses “The Judicialization of Health in Latin America” at the Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture

Paola Bergallo, a Professor at Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, Argentina, presented her research on health rights litigation at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture sponsored by Valparaiso University Law School.

Bergallo discussed how health rights litigation has been changing over time and more recently shifting toward an empirical approach. She cites these changes as the result of a variety of factors, including constitutional reforms, the internalization of international human rights, the increased enforcement of social rights by courts, and the introduction of support structures. Her research focuses primarily on Argentina, Brazil and Colombia. She then made comparisons to health litigation rates in Costa Rica, India and South Africa. The litigants win in a majority of these cases and often receive the treatment, medicine, insurance coverage and reproductive rights that they have requested.

Paola Bergallo graduated with a LL.B. with honors from Universidad de Buenos Aires in 1994. She obtained a Master of Laws from Columbia University in 2000. She earned a Master in Legal Research from Stanford University in 2003 and is currently working to receive her J.S.D. She has been the recipient of the Stanford University Fellowship and Hewlett Foundation Scholarship.

Bergallo is a professor at Universidad de San Andrés. She has previously taught at both Universidad de Buenos Aires and Universidad de Palermo. She has also been a visiting professor at Instituto Tecnológico de México, Universidad de Puerto Rico and Universidad Pompeu Fabra. She previously served as legal counsel for Vintage Oil Argentina and associate attorney at Klein & Franco Abogados.

The MLK Lecture is hosted by the Valparaiso University Law School in order to promote civil dialogue on topics that honor the spirit, memory and life’s work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.