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Macarena Montes Franceschini Rights of Nature Fellow

Macarena Montes Franceschini is an attorney with a Ph.D. in Law from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). She has been a visiting researcher at Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg and a Rights Research Fellow at the Brooks McCormick Jr Animal Law & Policy Program at Harvard Law School, where she is currently a Visiting Fellow. She is also a board member of the UPF-Centre for Animal Ethics, editor of the journal Law, Ethics and Philosophy (LEAP), 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, animal rights, and animal law and a book titled Animal Law in Chile.


  • “Traditional Conceptions of the Legal Person and Nonhuman Animals.” Animals 12 (2022): 1-16.
  • “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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