César F. Rosado Marzán

Professor César Rosado Marzán
Associate Professor of Law
Co-Director of the Institute for Law and the Workplace
565 W. Adams St., Room 761
Chicago, IL 60661


  • Ph.D., Princeton University (Sociology)
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • M.A., Princeton University
  • B.A., Haverford College


Professor Rosado Marzán teaches Contracts, Employment Relationships, International and Comparative Labor and Employment Law, and Labor Law. He strives to teach his courses in a way that helps students appreciate the importance of reason and principle to provide coherent and purposeful meaning to the law.

Trained as a sociologist and an attorney, Professor Rosado Marzán’s research interests lie at the intersection of qualitative empirical research and workers’ rights. His scholarship includes doctrinal and empirical work.

For example, he is writing a book (with Sergio Gamonal C.) under contract with Oxford University Press, tentatively titled Principled Labor Law: U.S. Labor Law Through a Latin American Method. In the book, Professor Rosado Marzán shows how a Latin American “principled” labor law jurisprudential method, concerned with protecting weaker parties, can help bring U.S. labor and employment law into compliance with international labor standards.

His other current project is empirical. It is a case study of a Chicago worker center. In it, Professor Rosado Marzán attempts to understand how thinly staffed and barely resourced worker centers—hybrid community-labor groups—can contribute to a “moral economy,” or a moral project for economic justice and democratic rights. Recently, the Harvard Law School Worklife Program recognized Professor Rosado Marzán’s research on worker centers by asking him to be part of its labor law reform initiative, “Labor Law from a Clean State.”

Additionally, Professor Rosado Marzán is the author (with Sergio Gamonal C.) of El Principio de Protección del Trabajador en el Derecho Norteamericano (Legal Publishing/Thomson Reuters 2014) and editor (with Meron Kebede) of The Regulation of Compensation: Proceedings of the New York University 66th Annual Conference on Labor (Lexis 2014). He has contributed book chapters to various edited works. His articles have appeared in U.S., European, and Latin American publications, including the Minnesota Law Review, UC Irvine Law Review, Chicago-Kent Law Review, University of Chicago Legal Forum, International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations, Revista de Derecho Laboral y Seguridad Social, Revista del Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico, among many others.

Professor Rosado Marzán has visited the University of Iowa College of Law, the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid School of Law, Stockholm University's Law Department, the American Bar Foundation, and the Oñati Institute for the Sociology of Law. He was the Chicago-Kent 2017 Norman and Edna Freehling Scholar. He was a member of the Regulating Markets and Labour Program at Stockholm University, which funded a number of his projects. He was a Princeton University Presidential Fellow and a José Padín Scholar at Haverford College. He is an active member of the Law & Society Association, where he has served on a number of committees and research collaborative networks. He is additionally a member of the American Sociological Association, the International Sociological Association, the Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico, and the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois, among other professional associations.

Before arriving at Chicago-Kent, Professor Rosado Marzán practiced union-side labor law in New York and Puerto Rico.


Employment Relationships
International and Comparative Labor and Employment Law
Labor Law

Selected Publications


Principled Labor Law: U.S. Labor Law Through a Latin American Method (Oxford University Press, forthcoming) (with S. Gamonal Contreras).


The Labor Judge Unleashed: Rule of Law and Labor Rights in "Neoliberal" Chile, Law and Social Inquiry (forthcoming).

Organizing the State: The 'New Labor Law' Seen from the Bottom-Up, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law (forthcoming).

Worker Centers and the Moral Economy: Disrupting through Brokerage, Prestige, and Moral Framing, 2017 University of Chicago Legal Forum 409 (2018).

Labor's Soft Means and Hard Challenges: Fundamental Discrepancies and the Promise of Non-Binding Arbitration for International Framework Agreements, 98 Minnesota Law Review 1749 (2014).

Organizing with International Framework Agreements: An Exploratory Study, 4 UC Irvine Law Review 725 (2014).

Punishment and Work Law Compliance, 29 Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal 343 (2012).

Of Labor Inspectors and Judges: Chilean Labor Law Enforcement After Pinochet (And What the United States Can Do to Help), 54 Saint Louis University Law Journal 497 (2010). 

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