Ana María Celis Brunet is a professor in the Faculty of Law and director of the UC Centre for Law and Religion at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC). She is also director of the Legal Bulletin of Religious Freedom Observatory of the Latin American and the Caribbean, director of Latin American Journal on Law and Religion, and director of the Canon Law Department of her Faculty.
Celis Brunet teaches canon law and law and religion, as well as postgraduate courses in different programs. She has written a number of articles, book chapters, and papers on canon law and religious liberty. Her publications include "Derecho eclesiástico chileno. Normas concordadas y comentadas" (2013) and "La relevancia canónica del matrimonio civil a la luz de la Teoría General del Acto Jurídico" (2002).
Celis Brunet is an ecclesiastical lawyer before the Ecclesiastical Court of Santiago and vice president of the International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies (ICLARS). In August 2018, she was appointed president of the National Council of the Chilean Church for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Accompaniment of Victims by Pope Francis. From 2005 to 2013 she was the secretary of the Consorcio Latinoamericano de Libertad Religiosa, and she was recently elected as its president.