Professor Mary Beloff is a leading academic figure as well as a recognized activist in the field of children’s rights and juvenile justice throughout Latin America.
She developed the first curricula and taught the first juvenile justice course at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) Law School. Prof. Beloff, as Chair of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at the UBA Law School, continues teaching courses on children´ rights, juvenile justice, gender and criminal law, and other related courses.
She created the first clinical program on children’s rights at the University of Buenos Aires and was appointed as a child rights specialist at the Inter-American commission on Human Rights.
Prof. Beloff has been a visiting Professor in numerous Latin-American universities and has coordinated various research studies in children’s rights and juvenile justice.
As legal advisor and human rights activist, she has been deeply involved in the process of adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) at the domestic level through legal and institutional reforms all around the region. Prof. Beloff is responsible for drafting many of the modern Latin-American legislation on child protection and juvenile justice. She was delegated with the responsibilities of providing continuing education to judges, prosecutors, public defenders and various NGOs’ members for years.
She has served as a consultant to various Latin American governments, international organizations, such as UNICEF, IDB, UNOPS, ILANUD, OAS, UN and numerous NGOs.
In 2002 she was appointed Senior Legal Advisor for the newly created Rapporteurship on Childhood at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
She has written numerous books and articles on children’s rights, criminal law and juvenile justice.