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Marcos López Oneto

Email: mlopezoneto@gmail.com


Marcos López Oneto, Ph.D., is an attorney that specializes in labor law. Throughout his career he has excelled as a business consultant, covering the most relevant areas of labor and employment relations, such as collective bargaining; design of labor administration and legal systems models to prevent occupational accidents and diseases; worker recruitment and separation processes; labor disputes; strikes; and compensation and benefits systems design, among other fields of practice.

On an academic level, Mr. Lopez is professor and researcher of labor and Social Security. There are four lines of research that are being developed through his scientific work: (a) Foundations and principles of labor law; (b) Relationships between employment, economic and labor law; (c) Evolutionary changes and adaptability of labor law social transformations; and (d) Sociology of Law.



  • Doctorate of Law, University of Chile School of Law, 2013, summa cum laude.
  • Master of Law (Private Law), University of Chile School of Law, 1999, summa cum laude.
  • Bachelor of Law and Social Sciences, University of Chile School of Law, 1995, magna cum laude.

Distinctions Earned

  • Research scholarship/internship abroad, Doctorate in Law Program, University of Chile/Mesesup, 2010, Department of Labor Law and Social Security Faculty of Law, University Complutense, Madrid, Spain.
  • Fueyo Foundation, Honorable Mention, Best Thesis, Law and Social Sciences degree, 1995.


  • Chile (1995).

Professional Experience

  • 2005 – present – Principal attorney providing legal counsel in the workplace, focused on labor litigation and legal advice to companies, unions and individuals (employers and workers).
  • 2013 – 2014 – Law School Department Director, Labor and Social Security, Andres Bello University, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2002 – 2004 – Labor Advisor Manager, KPMG Tax and Legal Division (Chile).
  • 2000 – 2001 – Labor Attorney, LAN-Chile/human resources management.
  • 1996 – 2000 – Labor Attorney, National Labor Relations Board, Labor Directorate. (Chile).


  • Member, Chile Society of Labor Law and Social Security (2000).
  • Member, Bar Association of Chile (1995).


  • Intensive Summer Program for Lawyer: U.S. Legal Methods: Introduction to U.S. Law. Institute for US Law, Washington D.C., 2016.
  • Intensive Summer Program for Lawyer: U.S. Legal English.  Institute for US Law, Washington D.C., 2016.
  • Judge, Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition, American University Washington College of Law, Washington D.C. (2015).
  • Team Coach, Andres Bello University Law School, for Judicial Academy of Chile’s first Judicial Skills Competition (2014).
  • Defense Court Member, Defense of Master’s theses in Labor Law and Social Security, University of Talca / University of Valencia-Spain (2014).


  • Spanish (native), English (advanced), Portuguese (proficient).


Books and Monographs

  • LÓPEZ ONETO, Marcos Eduardo. “The Principle of Protecting Sources Employment in Chile. Steps Toward Bi-directional Labor Law”, LegalPublishing-Thomson Reuters, Santiago, 440 pp., 2013.
  • LÓPEZ ONETO, Marcos Eduardo. «Chilean Labor Flexibility and the Principles Protecting Sources of Employment», Department of Studies of the National Labor Relations Board, Santiago, 90 pp., 1999.

Book Chapters / Inclusions 

  • “The International Labor Office’s 87th Convention on Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize; Some Hypotheses in the Chilean Labor Constitutional and Legal Order”, Yearbook of Labor and Social Security, Chilean Society of Labor Law and Social Security, Santiago, pp. 31-57, 2000.

National (Chile) Magazines

  • “Formation and establishment of the employment relationship in U.S. Labor Law”, Revista Chilena de Derecho del Trabajo y de la Seguridad Social, 8 (16), pp. 13-36, 2017.
  • “The Own Acts Doctrine in the Chilean Labor Law”, Revista Chilena de Derecho, Vol. 43 -Nº 2, may-august, pp. 547-571, 2016.
  • “The Metamorphosis of Employment: Employment Work (Notes for Historical-Conceptual Reconstruction Work”, Chilean Law Labor and Social Security magazine, University of Chile, V. 5, No. 9, pp. 141-166, 2014.
  • «The International Labor Office’s 87th Convention”, Chilean Labor magazine, No. 7, pp. 71-85, 1999.
  • «Steps Toward Private International Labor Law», Chilean Labor magazine, No. 12, pp. 87-90, 1999.
  • “The inquisitorial Principle in the General Application of Labor Procedures”, Bulletin of the (Chile) Department of Labor, No. 101, pp. 20-28, 1997.
  • “Social Clauses and Integrated Economic Treaties”, Bulletin of the (Chile) Department of Labor, No. 95-96, pp. 1-10, 1996.
  • «Part-time Employment», Bulletin of the (Chile) Department of Labor, No. 89, pp. 1-19, 1996.

Other Published Works – Opinion-editorial articles in Chile legal and judicial newspapers

  • “Toward a Paradigm Change in Chilean Collective Bargaining, (Chile) La Semana Jurídica, 2003.
  • «The Moral Prejudice in the Doctrine of jus variandi», (Chile) La Semana Jurídica, 2003.
  • “Theoretical Notes About Labor Flexibility”, (Chile) La Semana Jurídica, 2002.
  • “Judicial Labor Principles as a Formal Source of Chilean Labor Law”, (Chile) La Semana Jurídica, 2002.
  • “Steps Toward Private International Law of Chilean Employment”, (Chile) La Semana Jurídica, 2001.
  • “Chilean Labor Law and International Trade”, (Chile) El Diario, 2001.
  • “Greater Freedom and Flexibility to Regulate the Employment Relationship”, El Diario, March 1, 2001.
  • “Chilean Labor Law Reform: The Challenge of Collective Autonomy”, El Diario, June 23, 2000.