César Rodríguez-Garavito is Executive Director of the Center for Law, Justice, and Society (Dejusticia) and founding Director of the Program on Global Justice and Human Rights at the University of the Andes (Colombia). He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, Brown University, the University of Pretoria (South Africa), American University in Cairo, the Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil) and Central European University. He is a board member of WITNESS, the Business and Human Rights Resource Center, OpenGlobalRights and the Business & Human Rights Journal. He is the founding director of the Human Rights and writes a weekly op-ed for El Espectador. He has been an Adjunct Judge of the Constitutional Court of Colombia.
He holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. (Sociology) from University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.A. from NYU’s Institute for Law and Society, an M.A. (Philosophy) from the National University of Colombia, and a J.D. from University of the Andes.
His publications include Business and Human Rights: Beyond the End of the Beginning (Cambridge University Press, ed); Radical Deprivation on Trial: The Impact of Judicial Activism on Socioeconomic Rights in the Global South (Cambridge Univ. Press, coaut.); Compliance with Socioeconomic Rights Judgments (Cambridge, coed.),“Balancing Wealth and Health: the Battle over Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines in Latin America (Oxford, co-ed.); “Amphibious Sociology: Action-Research for a Multimedia World” (Current Sociology); “The Future of Human Rights: From Gatekeeping to Symbiosis” (Sur Journal); Law and Society in Latin America: A New Map (Routledge, ed.); “Ethnicity.gov: Global Governance, Indigenous Peoples and the Right to Prior Consultation in Social Minefields” (Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies); “Beyond the Courtroom: The Impact of Judicial Activism on Socioeconomic Rights in Latin America” (Texas Law Review); “Global Governance and Labor Rights: Codes of Conduct and Anti-Sweatshop Struggles in Global Apparel Factories in Mexico and Guatemala” (Politics & Society); and Law and Globalization from Below: Toward a Cosmopolitan Legality (Cambridge, co-ed.).
RODRIGO UPRIMNY YEPES
Rodrigo is a lawyer, with a Master’s degree (DEA) in sociology of development from the University Paris I (IEDES) and a Ph.D in Economy from Amiens University. He was a Professor and now a Professor Emeritus at the National University of Colombia, and has been a visiting professor at several universities.
He was an assistant magistrate and temporary replacement at the Constitutional Court and is co-judge of that Court and of the Council of State. He is a member of the International Commission of Jurists and the United Nations ESCR Committee (2015-2018). He is also a columnist for El Espectador.
Rodrigo was Director of Dejusticia and is currently coordinator of the Drug Policy Line. His areas of interest are especially ESCR, transitional justice, judicial system and drug policy. He has published several books and articles on these issues, as author or co-author.
Alejandro is a lawyer from the University of Medellín and a specialist in constitutional law from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. He is currently doing an LLM in human rights at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, where he is also teaching assistant for a course on Colombian Constitutional Law.
He has served as a litigant in the areas of extracontractual liability of the State for serious human rights violations, environmental law and protection of collective rights. He currently works as a researcher at Dejusticia in the area of Transitional Justice.
Archana facilitates and coordinates the activities of a new international Transparency, Accountability and Participation Learning Collaborative administered by Dejusticia. She also supports Dejusticia’s international communications and internal organizational learning activities. In recent years, she has co-created and co-directed OpenGlobalRights, a multilingual initiative that supports the global human rights community develop effective strategies through critical exchanges and debate. With researchers at the University of Minnesota, Archana has also coordinated large-scale public opinion surveys in India, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria and Colombia and co-authored several academic and policy publications on perceptions of human rights and the sustainability and legitimacy local human rights organizations in the global South. Archana holds a Master’s in International Affairs specializing in international development and an honors bachelor’s degree in International studies and Modern Languages.
ANA MARÍA NARVÁEZ
Ana María is a lawyer, she graduated from Universidad Libre de Colombia with a Master of Science degree in Food Policy at City University of London.
She has experience in the legislative process, support in public policy management and research. In Colombia, she has worked as a legal and policy researcher at the Congress of Colombia, the Ministry of Information Technologies & Communications and the Latin American Institute for an Alternative Society and Law (ILSA).
In the United Kingdom, she belonged to the researchers network at the Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning programme (IFSTAL). And worked supporting food policy management, innovation and community building in projects as The Calthorpe Project and Cultivating Kensington & Chelsea.
Currently, she serves as a researcher in the area of Economic Justice, and the Right to Food sub-theme.
Ana María Ramírez Mourraille
Ana María earned her B.A. in Political Science from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. She has worked on transitional justice issues at the International Center for Transitional Justice – ICTJ and the National Center for Historical Memory. Currently, in Dejusticia, she supports coordination and external relations activities in the international area.
Maria Camila Bustos graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University with honors in Environmental Studies and International Relations. Her thesis focused on the international politics of climate change, looking at Colombia as a case study to explore climate politics in the Global South. Before joining Dejusticia, Camila was lead researcher at Nivela, a new Global South think-tank focused on challenging conventional debates around development, politics, and environment. Currently, she works as a researcher in Dejusticia´s Global Area where she focuses on issues regarding business and human rights, climate induced displacement, and the human rights movement.
Camilo currently serves as director of the Transitional Justice line at Dejusticia and as associate professor of law at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota. He is a lawyer and doctor of law from the National University of Colombia and has a master’s degree in international law (L.LM) from Harvard University.
Prior to joining the Dejusticia team, he served as advisor to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights – IACHR, and as a researcher at the Colombian Commission of Jurists. He has also been a visiting and guest professor at national and international universities.
His publications include “Could the Colombian Peace Accord Trigger an ICC Investigation on Colombia? “; “Justicia para la paz“; y “El elefante en la sala: El retraso procesal en el sistema de peticiones individuales del sistema interamericano.”
Carlos Andrés Baquero Díaz
Carlos Andrés earned a B.A. in Political Science and an LLB from Universidad de los Andes. In Dejusticia, he works as a researcher in the area of Anti-discrimination and works with indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples and organizations.
Carolina Mila earned a B.A. in Social Communication from Universidad Javeriana in Bogota and has postgraduate studies in communication and public policies from the University of Chile. She has worked in various organizations related to culture and human rights and has been a frequent collaborator in diverse national and international outlets.
Carolina Villadiego Burbano
Carolina is a lawyer from the Universidad de los Andes of Colombia. She holds a Master’s degree in Law from George Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science and Sociology from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences – FLACSO. She is currently director of the Judicial System thematic line at Dejusticia.
Claret Vargas is a researcher and Director of Internationalization at Dejusticia. Before joining Dejusticia, she was executive director at the Stanford Human Rights Center, at Stanford Law School, where she now serves as lecturer in law. She received a B.A. in Social Studies, and an MA and PhD in Latin American Literature from Harvard University, and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Claret works on Alien Tort Statute litigation and was previously a class action litigator for employees’ rights in state and federal courts in the U.S.
Her research and advocacy areas include the inter-American human rights system, environmental justice, climate change, and business and human rights. She also works on the development of human rights teaching and innovation platforms. Her earlier publications and representative cases can be found here.
Diana is a lawyer from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and has a Ph.D from the University of Essex. She has a specialization in constitutional law from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, in womens human rights from the University of Chile, and an LL.M in international human rights law from the University of Essex. Diana was a Fellow Rómulo Gallegos in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (2007-08) and has worked as a human rights consultant for various organizations in Colombia and the United Kingdom. Her areas of interest are social rights, particularly the right to health and food, as well as women’s rights. She currently works as a researcher at Dejusticia, directing the area of Economic Justice.
Diana Rodríguez Franco
Diana Rodríguez Franco holds a PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University. She holds a M.A. (Sociology) from Northwestern University, a LLB from the University of Los Andes (Colombia) and a B.A. in Economics. She is the director of the Environmental Justice thematic line at Dejusticia. Her work focuses on environmental democracy, comparative environmental politics, and the political economy of development. In addition, she has carried research on forced displacement, intellectual property, taxes and implementation of judicial sentences.
Her publications include “La paz ambiental: retos y propuestas para el posconflicto” (2016); “Radical Deprivation on Trial: The Impact of Judicial Activism on Socioeconomic Rights in the Global South” (2015); “Internal Wars, Taxation, and State Building” (2016); “Dependency Theory” (2016);“Impuestos, clientelismo y tecnocracia” (2012); and “Globalizing Intellectual Property Rights: The Politics of Law and Public Health” (2012).
Lawyer from Universidad de los Andes (2014) with a Minor in Journalism and Literature from the same university.She worked as political advisor at Colombias Congress where she focused on issues such as environmental justice, economic instruments for biodiversity conservation, human right to water and animal rights.
She focuses on issues related to environmental policy making and constitutional litigation. She is currently a researcher in Dejusticias Litigation area.
Helena Durán Crane
Helena earned an LLB and a B.A. in Political Science from the Universidad de Los Andes. Before joining the Dejusticia team, she worked in diverse projects in Revista Semana, including Reconciliación Colombia, where she published articles on transitional justice and reparation for the victims of the armed conflict.
Her work has focused on the promotion and defense of environmental democracy, especially as related to extractive industries. She has also worked on issues of land planning, climate change, and other environmental issues related to the peace agreement.
Hobeth graduated as a lawyer from the National University of Colombia, with a Master’s degree in Legal Sociology from the International Institute of Legal Sociology of Oñati. He has research experience in criminal law, ethnic rights, transitional justice, agrarian law and socio-territorial problems in Colombia. In Dejusticia, he has worked on issues related to the implementation of the Final Peace Agreement, ESC rights and fiscal policy. He currently serves as a researcher in the area of Transitional Justice.
Isabel earned a B.A. in Political Science from University de Los Andes of Colombia (2008), and has a Master’s Degree in Development Studies, with emphasis on conflict and peace building from the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Switzerland (2015). Her focus is on the impact of drug policies on rural development, public health, and armed conflict. She is currently a principal investigator in the Drug Policy line at the Center for the Study of Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia), with special emphasis on access to controlled drugs and palliative care, and the implications of the peace process for drug policies in Colombia.
Previously, Isabel worked as a professional of international cooperation projects for development in conflict zones in Colombia and as adviser to the national government in multilateral negotiation.
JESÚS David MEDINA
Jesús David graduated as a lawyer and is currently in his last semester of a B.A. in Anthropology at Universidad de los Andes. He is interested in socio-environmental issues, human geography, and social rights. At Dejusticia, he is an assistant researcher in the Litigation Area.
Joyce is a lawyer licensed to practice in the Philippines and in the State of New York, USA. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree with honors from Ateneo de Manila School of Law, Philippines, where she later taught International Environmental and Climate Change Law and Philippine Natural Resources and Environmental Law. She has a Master of Science in Environment and Development, with distinction, from the University of Edinburgh, UK where she was a Chevening scholar. Her dissertation explored failures in organizational communication that led to large-scale disasters in the Philippines' eastern seaboard, despite accurate predictions by the national weather bureau. Prior to joining Dejusticia, she worked with the Asian Development Bank as a consultant on Environmental Law education in 14 countries across South and Southeast Asia. She has also worked as a climate change and disaster management policy specialist at the Ateneo School of Government, where she advised government ministries and legislators on climate change and disaster laws and policies. She was also a member of the Philippine delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 21st and 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP21 and COP22), when the historic Paris Agreement was adopted and its early implementation mechanisms discussed. In the delegation, she worked on areas around climate finance and capacity building. Prior to this, she was an associate at SyCip Salazar Hernandez and Gatmaitan, where she specialized in energy, water, infrastructure, environmental regulation, and dispute resolution.
Krizna has an LLM in International Human Rights Law from Harvard, and BA in Political Science and JD from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. Before working as a Presidential Fellow at the Open Society Foundations in New York, she was a human rights lawyer and law lecturer in the Philippines, and worked with other Asian organizations on access to justice. In Ghana, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia and Uganda, Krizna worked on issues on education, gender-based violence and extractive industries, and protecting human rights defenders. She is a research coordinator and senior researcher focusing on Dejusticia’s work on the closing of space for civil society, as well as our solidarity work with human rights defenders at risk across the Global South.
LUCÍA RAMÍREZ BOLÍVAR
Lucia Ramirez is an attorney specialized in Constitutional Law from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (2008). She has a master degree in Social Work with emphasis in International Social Welfare and Poverty and Inequality from the University of Chicago (USA) (2015).
Lucia has worked in research, teaching, litigation and advocacy on human rights –particularly in forced migration and women’s rights – with international cooperation agencies and non-government organizations in Colombia and the United States. Currently, she is a researcher in the Drug Policy area at Dejusticia.
Her publications include “Género y Derecho: Módulo de Formación Auto Dirigida para Jueces y Juezas de la Rama Judicial” (2016); “Outcome Evaluation of an International Diversity Curriculum” (2016); “Comunidades de Política Pública en Justicia en Equidad” (2005); “Institucionalización de las Formas de Justicia Comunitaria ¿Creación o Solución de Conflictos?” (2004).
Luis Felipe Cruz Olivera
Luis is a lawyer and current sociology student at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He has done research on various topics including human rights and criminal procedure. His area of special interest is the history and development of the armed conflict. He is currently a researcher in the Drug Policy thematic line.
Margarita earned a B.A. in Philosophy and History from the Universidad del Rosario. Her research interests focus on gender, political theory, feminism and armed conflict. She is a lecturer at the School of Human Sciences at Universidad del Rosario since 2014. She currently serves as an assistant researcher in the area of anti-discrimination, in the gender sub-line.
María Paula ángel
María Paula earned an LLB and a B.A. in Political Science from the Universidad de los Andes, graduating Cum Laude. She is currently studying a Master’s in Administrative Law at the Universidad del Rosario.
She is a researcher in the area of ransparency and Intimacy, where she researches, does consulting, and is involved in strategic litigation in the area of ccess to public information, corruption, the right to privacy and the right to habeas data in the digital age.
María ximena dávila
María Ximena is a lawyer from the University of the Andes (2017). Her main interests focus on legal sociology, gender studies, criminal law and critical legal theory. She is currently a lawyer in the sub-line of privacy and transparency. Her work focuses on research and strategic litigation on information, corruption, freedom of expression, and the right to the truth, among others.
Before joining Dejusticia, María Ximena conducted research work on the armed conflict, drug policy, and gender inequality. She was also a member of the Action Program for Equality and Social Inclusion (PAIIS) of the University of the Andes.
Maryluz is a lawyer from the Universidad de Cartagena. She has a specialization in Administrative Law from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and a Master’s degree in Law from the University of California, Los Angeles – UCLA.
She has worked for the Third Section of the Council of State on matters of non-contractual liability, as well as in the Legal Office of the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic on matters of fiscal responsibility. She has advised in the field of diversity policies in public employment entities such as the Department of Public Function and the Program for Afrodescendants and Indigenous People of USAID. She is also a member of the Racial Discrimination Watch.
Maryluz is a researcher in our Litigation area.
Meghan is the Postdoctoral Fellow in Law and Inequality at the American Bar Foundation. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago, a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, a M.A.L.D. in international relations (focusing on international environment and resource policy) from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a B.S. in policy analysis and management from Cornell University.
She is a senior researcher at Dejusticia, where she coordinates the Global Action-Research Workshop for young human rights advocates. Her academic work focuses on property and the ecologies of war.
Valentina earned a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration at Universidad de los Andes, where she is currently completing her master’s degree in economics. She served as research assistant at the Center for Economic Development Studies, where she studied the barriers to access to education for the inhabitants of the Colombian Pacific. Valentina works in the areas of environmental justice and economic, social and cultural rights.
Vivian Newman Pont
Deputy Director, Center for the Study of Law, Justice and Society -Dejusticia
Vivian specializes in public law and international aid for development. She has a postgraduate degree (DSU ) in Administrative Law from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas in France, a master’s degree (DEA) in Domestic Public Law from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas and a master´s degree in Development and International Aid for Development from the University of Barcelona in Spain. She graduated with a J.D. from the Universidad Javeriana in Colombia (later validated by University of Barcelona). She has worked in the public sector with the Colombian Inspector General’s Office, in the private sector, on international negotiations at Avianca SA and in the legal department of Bavaria SA. Vivian also has lead the coordination of the public law department at the Universidad Javeriana and taught administrative law at this same University. She has published various essays on transparency, privacy and corruption issues.