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Macarena Montes Franceschini Rights Research Fellow

Macarena Montes Franceschini holds a law degree from the University of Chile, with a Master’s Degree in Animal Law and a Master’s Degree in European Law from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She has been awarded a research scholarship by the Catalan Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR) and she is working on her PhD dissertation on nonhuman animal personhood at Universitat Pompeu Fabra’s Law Department. She has been a visiting researcher at Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg and she is currently a Rights Research Fellow at the Brooks McCormick Jr. Animal Law & Policy Program at Harvard Law School (ALPP). She is a research assistant at the UPF-Centre for Animal Ethics, a member of the Editorial Committee of the Chilean Journal of Animal Law, and the treasurer of the Great Ape Project – Spain. She has written several articles on nonhuman animal personhood and animal law and a book titled Animal Law in Chile.



  • “Animal Personhood: The Quest for Recognition,” Animal & Natural Resource Law Review 17 (2021): 93-150.
  • “The Elephant in the Courtroom: On Legal Personhood and Animal Rights,” Juriste International 1 (2021): 32-35.
  • Legal Personhood: The Case of Chucho the Andean Bear,” Journal of Animal Ethics 11(1) (2021): 36-46.



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