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Phd. María Del Rocío Carro Hernández.

Phd. María Del Rocío Carro Hernández.

PhD in Labor Law, she studied at the University of Pisa in Italy. She was Labor Judge for 15 years and subsequently Deputy Magistrate in the Supreme Court’s Second Chamber, University Professor, Business Advisor and litigant for more than 30 years.




Dra Rocio Carro Hernández


University of Costa Rica: Lawyer

Universita degli Studi di Pisa, Italy; Specialization in Labor Law


Fluid in the Languages:

Italian, English and Spanish


Professional experience:


From June 2013 to August 2015

Supreme Court of Justice, Substitute Magistrate of Second Chamber.


From May 1998 to the present

Liberal practice of the profession. Functions: legal-labor advice to companies, litigation in ordinary labor lawsuits, labor risks, administrative procedures before the Ministry of Labor, the Costa Rican Social Security Fund and Popular Bank, disciplinary administrative procedures in public institutions, external consultancies some public institutions


From 1996 to 1998

Ministry of the Presidency, Adviser to the Minister of the Presidency.

Supervising all matters concerning Labor, Administrative Litigation and Interinstitutional Relations.


From 1991 to 1996

Supreme Court of Justice, Legal Officer of the Supreme Court’s Second Chamber.

Performing tasks of assessment and preliminary drafting of judgments of the Second Chamber of Cassation. Specialization in Labor and Family Law.


From 1990 to 1991

Third Labor Court, Clerk.

Processing of labor lawsuits and issuance of sentences.


From 1986 to 1990

Second Court of Work of Minor Amount, Judge a.i.

Labor Courts of San José, Judge a.i.

Processing of labor lawsuits,.


From 1985 to 1986

Digest of Jurisprudence, Assistant Lawyer

Compilation and analysis of judgments in order to publish them in the Judicial Review.


Other charges:


From 2014 to the present

Costa Rican Association of Labor Law, Vocal.


From 2012 to 2014

Costa Rican Labor Law Association, President.


From 1994 to 1996

Costa Rican Labor Law Association, President.


From 1993 to 1994

Costa Rican Labor Law Association, Vice President.




From 1990 to 1993

Costa Rican Association of Labor Law, Secretary and Vocal.


Consultancies in International Organizations:


2008 and 2009

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States (OAS), Representative of the Government Sector.


Year 1990 and 2000

International Labor Organization (I.L.O.), Consultant.


Academic Career:


From 1997 to 2003

La Salle University, Professor of Labor Law.


From 1995 to 1997

Autonomous University of Central America, Member of the Examining Courts.



Central American Higher Institute of Labor Relations, Professor of Labor Relations.


1984 and 1986

University of Costa Rica, Professor of Labor Law.








Published books:


“Sexual Harassment in Labor Relations”. Co-authoring with the Licda. Sonia Rodríguez Rodríguez. Juritext. nineteen ninety five.


“The Regulation of Women’s Work in Costa Rica”. Judicial School. 1993


“The Administrators of Justice in Costa Rica”. Co-authorship with Elvia Elena Vargas, Zarela Villanueva, Olga Muñoz, Liana Rojas, Dora Guzmán. Judicial School. 1991


Published articles:


“In itinere Occupational risk in Costa Rican doctrine, legislation and jurisprudence”. Judicial Review of the Supreme Court of Justice of Costa Rica No.114. December 2014


“The project for the respect of press freedom”. Newspaper La Nación, September 2014.


“The arrival of the labor magistrate”. Newspaper La Nación, January 2014.


“Labor harassment: Need of a law that regulates it?”. Newspaper La Nación, August 2013.


“About Salaries and Tips”. Newspaper La Nación, November 2012.


“Labor procedural reform”. Newspaper La Nación, September 2012.


“Labor Optics of the General Law of Tobacco Control”. Newspaper La Nación, July 2012.


“Social Networks and Discharge Sanction”. Judicial Review of the Supreme Court of Justice of Costa Rica No. 9. January 2012.


“Stock options plans, Salary or not? Newspaper La Nación, April 2011.


“The Process of Flexibility of Days in Costa Rica”. Fragua Magazine. 2003


“Labor flexibility: preliminary steps for a change”. RELACENTRO Journal of Labor Relations. International Labor Organization O.I.T. June 2002


“Stop Sexual Harassment”. Magazine Manager of the Nation. 2001


“Forbidden to fire her.” Magazine Manager of the Nation. 2001


“Flexibility in the World of Work”, O.I.T. April 2000


“October 12 is not a compulsory payment holiday.” Newspaper La Nación. 1998


“Sexual harassment in labor relations”. The Gazette 1994


“The monetary correction of labor debts in Costa Rica.” Co-authorship with Dr. Alexander Godínez. Anthology of Labor Law of the University of Costa Rica. 1991


“Diplomatic immunity in labor matters”. Labor Debate Year II. No. 3 1989


“Relevant aspects of Labor Relations in Costa Rica”. Sinnea, Italy. 1989


“The regulation of women’s work in Costa Rica”. Regulation of Women’s Work in Latin America-ILO. 1993