Current S.J.D. Candidates

Marcela Palacio Puerta
S.J.D. Candidate

Marcela Palacio, an S.J.D candidate at American University Washington College of Law, is completing her dissertation titled “Colombia: A Dichotomy Between International Compliance And Effective Protection.” Her fields of study and professional expertise include: copyright law and international intellectual property law. Prior to joining the Washington College of Law S.J.D program, Ms. Palacio worked as a researcher in Sergio Arboleda University. Ms. Palacio is fluent in Spanish and English.

Degrees & Universities

S.J.D. Candidate, American University Washington College of Law
LL.M., International Legal Studies, Specialization: International & Comparative Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law
LL.B., Universidad Sergio Arboleda Bogota, Colombia. Magna Cum Laude

Areas of Specialization

Copyright Law
International Intellectual Property Law


Member of the Honors Program at Universidad Sergio Arboleda Law School
Ranked Ninth Nationally on Columbian Bar Exam (Ecaes), 2010
Colfuturo Scholar, 2011
Academic Scholarship for Best Law Student, Universidad Sergio Arboleda, 2008
Second Place, Moot Court Competition “Eduardo Jimenez de Arechega” San Jose, Costa Rica, 2008

Contact Information

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