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Dr. Valeria Vegh Weis LL.M.

Criminal Law & Criminology

Alexander von Humboldt Scholarhsip holder

Boltzmannstraße 3
14195 Berlin

Born 1985 in Buenos Aires

  Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Since 2019 Habilitation on the topic: "Role of victims on state crime criminology and transitional justice (Germany, Argentina and Kenya)" (Alexander-von-Humboldt-Fellowship)
  Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History, Frankfurt a.M., Germany
2019-2021 Research Associate on the topic: Transnational criminal law in transatlantic perspective
2018 Post-Doc on the topic: "Global governance and criminal selectivity"
  New York University, School of Law, USA
2016-2017 Research Fellow on the topic: "Transitional Justice in Kenya", mentored by Philip Alston (Transitional Justice Fellowship)
2015 Research Fellow on the topic: "Transitional Justice and Victims", mentored by Pablo de Greiff (International Law and Human Rights Fellowship)
2015-2016 LL.M. International Legal Studies (Fulbright Scholar and Global Hauser Scholar)
  Buenos Aires University, Argentina
2012-present Research Associate
2010-2015 Ph.D. in Law (PROFITE Fellow and CONICET Fellow)
2010-2012 Post-Graduate Degree in University Teaching
2009-2013 LL.M. in Criminal Law
2003-2008 Graduate Degree in Law


  • Criminal Public Defender (Public Servant), Argentina, 2012-present
  • Associate Personnel of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, USA, 2018-2019
  • Research Fellow for the International Center for Transitional Justice, Kenya 2016
  • Legal Adviser for the National Mental Health Agency, Argentina, 2011-2012
  • Clerk for Criminal Courts, Argentina Feb. 2005-2010

Memberships/ Volunteering:

  • Vicepresident of Instituto Latinoamericano de Criminología y Desarrollo Social
  • International State Crime Initiative
  • European Society of Criminology Working Group on Atrocity Crimes and Transitional Justice
  • European Society of Criminology Working Group on Historical Criminology
  • Network of Female Professors of Buenos Aires University Law School
  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Critical Policing Network
  • European Society of Criminology
  • American Society of Criminology
  • Marxism Specialist Group, UK
  • Argentinean Network of Families, Users, and Volunteers for Mental Health Reform
  • Association of Psychiatrists and Adherents for Human Rights
  • Buenos Aires BAR Association
  • Editorial Board of the book series Historical Criminology, Emerald, UK
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Studies in Marxism. Political Studies Association, UK
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Revista de Derecho Penal y Criminología, Argentina

  • Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos and Indian Law Socitey (ILS), post-graduate studies in mental health, legislation and human rights, Argentina and India (online): Mental Health Law from a Human Rights Perspective, 2019- present
  • Quilmes National University, Master in Criminology, Argentina: Criminology, Mar. 2013 - present (online)
  • Buenos Aires University, School of Law, Argentina: Transitional Justice, Aug. 2021 (online), Criminology, Mar. 2012– present (on leave)
  • Bolonia University, post-graduate courses in Latinamerica, Argentina: Constitutional law and Transitional Justice, 2019
  • Buenos Aires University, Medicine Law, post-graduate programme on basic transdisciplinary bioetic and legal tools in mental health, Argentina: Co-director, 2017-2018 (online)
  • Buenos Aires, School of Law, Master in Criminal Law, Argentina: Transitional Justice, 2017, History of Criminal Selectivity, 2017
  • University of the center of the Buenos Aires Province, School of Law, Master in Criminal Law, Argentina: Transitional Justice, 2017
  • Strathmore University, School of Law, Center of Gender and Transitional Justice, Kenya: Researcher under the supervision of the ITFY Prosecutor S. Brammertz at the first multi-racial education institution in East Africa, Jan. 2017 – Aug. 2017.
  • University Institute of Argentinean Federal Police, Argentina, Criminology, Mar. 2012 – Aug. 2015

Main research interests:

  • Transitional Justice
  • International Law
  • Critical Criminology
  • State Crime Criminology
  • Southern Criminology
  • Green Criminology
  • Marxism and Criminology
  • Criminal Justice

Research Projects

  • Coodinator of the research group on Transnational Criminal Regimes (with K. Härter) 2019-2021, Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History
  • Member of COST Action Proposal. “Atrocity Justice Constellations - JUSTICE360: Mapping the impacts of international criminal justice (non)interventions”, 2020-2021
  • Member of COST Action Proposal. “Cultures Of Victimology: understanding processes of victimization across Europe” (COV-E) CA18121, , 2020-2021
  • Member of CLACSO Working Group Memorias y Resistencias, Latin-America, Feb. 2020- Feb. 2023

Latest Publications (Published 2020-2021)

Books in English

(with J. Lea) Historical experiences on criminalization of activism, London: Routledge (forthcoming 2021).

Marxism and criminology. A history of criminal selectivity. Boston: Brill (2017). ISBN 978-9004319561. Republished in paperback. Chicago: Haymarket Books (2018) ISBN 9781608469307 - awarded with the Outstanding Book Award 2019, by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, USA and the Outstanding Academic Title Choice Award 2017, by the American Library Association, USA

Books in Spanish

Marxismo y criminología.Una Historia de la selectividad penal, Buenos Aires: Ediar (forthcoming 2021)

(with R. Zaffaroni and C. Caamaño) Manual para destruir al Derecho Penal. Bievenidos al lawfare, Buenos Aires: Capital Intelectural (forthcoming 2020)

Books’ Chapters in English

(with K. Navarro) “Police education in the global south: an ambitious experience”, in D. Watson, Policing the Global South, London: Routledge (forthcoming 2021)

(with R. van Swaaningen) “Abolitionism and Transitional Justice”, in. C. Brants et al. (eds.) Making a difference: the impact of transitional justice (forthcoming 2021).

“Argentinean Truth Commission”, in Leuven University (ed.) Romero: Memory Papers, Leuven: Leuven University Press (forthcoming 2021).

“The effects of seeking justice on behalf of the victims. A critical analysis of criminal trials in the Kenyan transitional justice process”, in U. Capone and R. Figari Layus (eds.) The effects of criminal trials, Leuven: Leuven University Press (forthcoming 2020).

“It is time. Towards a Southern Convict Criminology”, in J. I. Ross and F. Vianello (eds.) The future of Convict Criminology, London: Routledge (forthcoming 2020).

(with J. Sosa) “Contesting the collateral damage of imprisonment from below”, in M. J. Coyle and D. Scott (eds.) Contesting Carceral Logic: Knowledge and Practice in Penal Abolition, London: Routledge (forthcoming 2020).

“Criminal Selectivity in the Global History of Law”, in F. Bernat (ed.) Handbook on Global History of Law, Crime and Justice, London: Routledge (forthcoming 2020).

(with R. White) “Environmental victims and climate change activists”, in P. Davies and J. Tapley (eds.) Victimology: Research, Policy and Activism, London: Palgrave (forthcoming 2020).

“A marxist perspective on the 2030 agenda for sustainable development”, in J. Blaustein et al. (eds.), Emerald Handbook of Crime, Justice and Sustainable Development, Bingley: Emerald (forthcoming 2020).

(with L. Montenegro) “The green wave! Resistance in festivals as part of the female empowerment process in Argentina”, in R. Finkel and L. Platt, Gendered Violence at International Festivals, London: Routledge, 2020.

“Policing in times of global governace. The counter-terrorism law as a platform for the suppression of Native-Argentineans’ social protest by the gendarmerie”, in K. Klára and V. Nagy (eds.) New perspectives in post-transitional policing studies, The Hague: Eleven, 2020.

Books’ Chapters in Spanish

“¿Qué es la selectividad penal?”, in AAVV, Criminología latinoamericana en el siglo XXI: principales problemáticas (forthcoming 2020).

Memoria, Verdad y Justicia en Argentina, in V. Scalia and F. Tenorio, Derechos humanos en Latinoamérica (forthcoming 2020).

“Derechos de los pueblos”, in M. J. Lubertino, DESCA, Buenos Aires: Eudeba (forthcoming 2020).

(with J. Sosa) “Combatiendo el estigma post-carcelario desde abajo”, in A. Alagia (ed.) Libro UBANEX (forthcoming 2020).

“Lecciones de la experiencia argentina para la construcción de una narrativa transicional en Colombia”, in M. Reed and C. Umaña La verdad al encuentro de la paz: problemas, críticas y oportunidades, Bogotá: Universidad Externado de Colombia, 2020.

Books’ Chapters in Portuguese

(with M. Katz) “El povo organizado. El caso Andalgalá”, in M. D. Budó et al. (eds) Introdução à Criminologia Verde (forthcoming 2020).

Articles in English

(with D. Zysman) Literature on Corporate Crime and White-Collar Crime Criminology in Latin-America, Journal of White Collar and Corporate Crime (forthcoming 2021).

(with C. Cunneen) can indigenous truth commissions overcome the legacies of colonialism? a study on the Australian-Canadian experience to explore possible paths in Argentina, International Journal of Transitional Justice (submitted)

(with B. Magnin) Essential crimes, Critical Criminology (submitted)

(with D. O Friedrichs) Covid-19 and the U.S. health care industry. towards a ‘Critical Health Criminology’ within State Crime Studies, State Crime Journal (submitted).

Transitional Justice, Opinio Juris Symposium -- 20th Anniversary of Ruti Teitel's Transitional Justice, 2020.

(with S. de Carvalho and D. Goyes) Politics and Indigenous victimisation: the case of Brazil, British Journal of Criminology(forthcoming 2020).

Review of Tony Platt. Beyond these walls: rethinking crime and punishment in the United States, Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict & World Order (forthcoming 2020).

Encyclopedia entries in English

Critical Criminology, in D. Jones-Brown and C. Barrow, Encyclopedia of race, crime, and justice: an encyclopedia of the American mosai, California: Greenwood (forthcoming 2020).

Articles in Spanish

(with C. Cunneen) ¿Una CONADEP Indígena? Un estudio sobre las comisiones de la verdad indígenas en Australia y Canadá para explorar posibles caminos en Argentina, Estudios sobre Genocidio (submitted)

(with G. Croxatto) Los encierros, Cohete a la luna, Apr. 2020.

La memoria en tiempos de pandemia, Observatorio CLACSO, Apr. 2020.