César F. Rosado Marzán

Professor César Rosado Marzán
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 César F. Rosado Marzán teaches Contracts, Employment Relationships, International and Comparative Labor and Employment Law, and Labor Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law. He strives to teach his courses in a way that helps students appreciate the importance of reason, principle, and empirical fact to provide coherent, purposeful, and effective meaning to the law. 

He is co-director of the Institute for Law and the Workplace, an academic and professional training center for labor and employment law professionals.

Trained as a sociologist and attorney, Rosado Marzán’s research interests lie at the intersection of qualitative empirical research and workers’ rights. He is currently working on a book project arguing that “worker centers”—hybrid community-labor groups, often operating on small budgets—can contribute to a “moral economy” for economic justice and democratic rights. He is also working on a project on how U.S. unions have been oligarchic and solidaristic in Puerto Rico, and how such actions have influenced workers’ rights in that U.S. territory. Additionally, he is working on articles about the effective use of wage boards for union organization. Finally, he is working with his colleague Sungjoon Cho on a project on why the International Labor Organization and the World Trade Organization should collaborate to produce new norms that consider the social dimensions of trade.

Rosado Marzán is author (with Sergio Gamonal C.) of Principled Labor Law: U.S. Labor Law Through a Latin American Method (Oxford 2019). The book shows how Latin America’s “principled” method can bring U.S. labor and employment law closer to meeting international labor standards. Principled Labor Law won the 2019 Simón Bolívar best book of the year award from the Bar Association of Puerto Rico (Colegio de Abogados y Abogadas de Puerto Rico). Additionally, he has contributed book chapters to various edited works. His articles have appeared in U.S., European, and Latin American publications, including Law & Social Inquiry, Minnesota Law Review, UC Irvine Law Review, Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, 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.

Rosado Marzán has been a visiting faculty member or scholar 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 collaborates with Harvard’s Clean Slate Program, which aims to redraw U.S. labor law. He was a member of the Regulating Markets and Labour Program at Stockholm University, which has supported his work. 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 collaborative research 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, Rosado Marzán practiced union-side labor law in New York and Puerto Rico.

Selected Publications


Principled Labor Law: U.S. Labor Law Through a Latin American Method (Oxford University Press 2019) (with S. Gamonal Contreras).


The Labor Judge Unleashed: Rule of Law and Labor Rights in "Neoliberal" Chile, 43 Law and Social Inquiry 1574 (2018).

Organizing the State: The "New Labor Law" Seen from the Bottom-Up, 29 Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law 415 (2018).

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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