Gonzalo Candia, S.J.D. '13

Gonzalo studied law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, one of the top law schools in Latin America. After working as a teaching assistant in his alma mater, Gonzalo received a Fulbright scholarship to pursue an LL.M and, posteriorly, a S.J.D at the Georgetown Law Center. He began those studies in 2009 and finished them in 2013. Currently, Gonzalo is a full-time professor of Constitutional Law and International Human Rights at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He is also the Academic Secretary of the SJD program at the same university.

Gonzalo's SJD dissertation focused on the analysis of the standards of review applied by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. In doing so, Gonzalo was supervised by Professor Charles Abernathy. During the period of his doctoral studies, Gonzalo was accepted as a junior academic visitor at Oxford (2012), where he worked with Professor Paul Yowell, Fellow in Law at Oriel College.

Gonzalo's interests are diverse. Today, he devoted most of his energies to research in areas linked to jurisprudence, legal history, constitutional theory and human rights. Moreover, Gonzalo is a passionate listener of classical music, being Beethoven, Schubert and R. Strauss his favorite composers.

If you want to contact him, Gonzalo's e-mail is:

  1. Axel Buchheister & Gonzalo Candia, A Society of Liberties and the Due Process of Law: a Necessary Relation. Commentary of Tocornal's Constitutional Court Decision, in Sentencias Destacadas 2007 193-224 (Arturo Fermandois ed., 2008). Available at:
  2. Gonzalo Candia & Andrés Schlack, The Proportionality of the Punishment under the Eight Amendment. Commentary of Graham v. Florida Supreme Court Decision, 38 Revista Chilena de Derecho 1, p. 139-161 (2010). Available at: 
  3. Paul Yowell, Legislation, Common Law, and the Virtue of Clarity (Gonzalo Candia, trans.), 29 Revista Chilena de Derecho 2, p. 481-512 (2012). Available at:
  4. Gonzalo Candia, Proposing a Deferential Standard of Review for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: Proportionality, Determinatio and the Principle of Subsidiarity (April 24, 2013) (unpublished SJD dissertation, Georgetown University) (on file with author).
  5. Gonzalo Candia, Comparing Diverse Approaches to the Margin of Appreciation: The Case of the European and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Law School, Working Paper N° 1, 2014).
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