Buenos Aires Times

argentina SURPRISE POWER TRANSITION

Rosenkrantz elected president of Argentina's Supreme Court

Justice Carlos Rosenkrantz is 59-years-old, a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) Law Faculty and a masters and doctors graduate of Yale. He is the first Argentine Supreme Court justice of Jewish origin.

Wednesday 12 September, 2018
Justice Ricardo Lorenzetti (left) with his replacement as president of the Supreme Court, Justice Carlos Rosenkrantz.
Justice Ricardo Lorenzetti (left) with his replacement as president of the Supreme Court, Justice Carlos Rosenkrantz. Foto:File-Perfil

More Argentina News

Justice Carlos Rosenkrantz was elected president of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, in a surprise power transition that has put an end to Justice Ricardo Lorenzetti's 11-year term in the same role.

Rosenkrantz was confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice in August, 2016. His nomination sparked controversy at the time, as it was originally passed by presidential decree. President Mauricio Macri was eventually forced to retreat on his decision, publicly recognising it as mistake and sending the nomination through the normal channels of Congress.

In his short time on Argentina's highest tribunal, Rosenkrantz's decisions have been the subject of debate and division. In 2017, he voted in favour of extending the so-called "two for one" ruling to human rights cases, through which those who had been found guilty of crimes against humanity could apply for reduced sentences,  like defendants in other types of criminal cases.

BACKGROUND

Justice Rosenkrantz is 59-years-old, a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) Law Faculty and a masters and doctors graduate of Yale. He is the first Argentine Supreme Court justice of Jewish origin.

Before joining the Court, Rosenkrantz was the Dean of San Andrés University and had previously taught at New York University, Richmond School of Law at Denver University, at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain, and at the UBA.  

In a political sense, Rosenkrantz is tied to the UCR Radical Party. In 1984, at the age of 25, he was an adviser on the Consolidation of Democracy Counsel, a body set up by then-president
Raúl Alfonsín to guide the country's return to democracy. He considered is a disciple of the philosopher and legal expert Carlos Nino.

In 1991, Rosenkrantz represented the Argentine Homosexual Community (CHA) in a case agains the General Inspector's Office (IGJ) for discrimination.

Rosenkrantz is an associate of the firm Bouzat, Rosenkrantz & Asociados, whose clients have included the country's largest media conglomerate Clarín Group.

Justice Elena Highton de Nolasco will act as Rosenkrantz's vice-president. His term will expire in 2021.

-TIMES/PERFIL

Poll

Op-Ed

Top Stories

  1. 1Peso closes at $40.71 to the dollar as demand for US currency spikesPeso closes at $40.71 to the dollar as demand for US currency spikes
  2. 2Coca-Cola FEMSA files for crisis prevention proceedings
  3. 3UCA report says 33.6% of Argentines are living below poverty line
  4. 4Journalists to pay damages to ex minister over 'false' drug trafficking report
  5. 5Venezuela's Maduro closes Brazil border to block humanitarian aid
  6. 6US Ambassador Prado arrives in Argentina bringing message of cooperation, openness
  7. 7Police suspect 12-year-old girl's suicide linked to WhatsApp terror game Momo
  8. 8Caught in the crossfire
  9. 9IMF recommends additional measures to decrease Uruguay's deficit
  10. 10The IMF has the keys to Macri’s re-election. Will it use them?