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Nonresident Scholar, Latin America Initiative
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Nancy Hernández López is a justice in the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of Costa Rica and a nonresident scholar for the Baker Institute Latin America Initiative. She is also a professor of law at the Universidad de Costa Rica and president of the Transparency Commission. She was previously the chief of staff for the chief justice of the Supreme Court (2009-2013), a law clerk in the Constitutional Chamber (1990-2009), and legal advisor to the minister of justice in charge of overseeing the defense of human rights in the national penitentiary system (1987-1988). Hernández has been a member of a judicial branch subcommittee on indigenous affairs. Her publications include “La libertad en la Constitución de 1949” (2009), “Las garantías judiciales a la luz de las sentencias de la Corte de Derechos Humanos y análisis del caso Loyza Tamayo vs Perú” (2006), and “La Reforma del Poder Judicial en Costa Rica, un análisis a la luz del principio de justicia democrática.” Hernandez holds a master’s degree with honors in public law from the Universidad de Costa Rica and a master’s in tax law from the Universidad para la Cooperación Internacional. She has also participated in specialized courses on constitutional justice and the administration of criminal justice.