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.
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.
Ana jimena bautista
Ana Jimena received her law degree from Cauca University; she has a specialization in constitutional law and a master’s degree in human rights and democracy in Latin America from the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar. She is currently a master’s student in sociology at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
She has worked in non-governmental organizations and in the Colombian Congress, focusing on issues related to women’s rights, territorial/environmental conflicts, and the rights of victims of armed conflict. At Dejusticia, she currently serves as principal researcher, gender project coordinator, and attorney in the litigation project.
Ana María Ramírez Mourraille
Ana María is a political scientist 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 Ttransitional 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.
Carlos Andrés Baquero Díaz
Carlos Andrés studied Political Science and Law at 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 studied communications at 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. She currently works in the Communications area at Dejusticia.
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 Isabel is a lawyer and has a Master’s degree in Law. She worked in Dejusticia as an assistant researcher in the area of strategic Litigation and is currently a researcher in the line of Economic Justice. Her work includes research and follow-up to the peace process between the Colombian government and the guerrillas.
Diana Isabel is an occasional lecturer in the law program of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in the areas of Legal Research, Latin American Constitutionalism, Constitutional Interpretation and Constitutional Theory.
Her area of interest are related to social rights, transitional justice, public land policy and land restitution.
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 J.D. 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.
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 is a lawyer and political scientist 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.
Lawyer of 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 is a political scientist from the 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.
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 is a philosopher and historian of 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 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.
María Paula ángel
María Paula is a lawyer and a political scientist 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.
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 a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. She received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, an 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 studied 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
Vivian specializes in public law, private international 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, as well as diplomas and specialization certificates in law and administration. She has 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 as a contract attorney and as coordinator of international relations. In the private sector, she worked on international negotiations at Avianca SA, in the legal department of Bavaria SA (now SABMiller), and as an independent lawyer. Vivian also has experience working in academia: she was lead coordinator of department of public law at the Universidad Javeriana and taught for several years at this same department. She has published numerous articles and essays on legal issues in Colombia.