Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes

A Colombian Lawyer, Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes holds a Ph. D. in Political Economy at the University of Amiens Picardie, DSU (Master’s Degree) in Sociology of Law at the University of Paris II, and DEA (Master’s Degree) in Economy of Development at the University of Paris I (IEDES). Currently, he is senior researcher of the Center of Studies on Law, Justice and Development “Dejusticia”, and professor at the Department of Law at the Universidad Nacional, in Bogotá. He is also a columnist at El Espectador, one of Colombia’s most important newspapers. He is member of the International Commission of Jurists, as well as a member of the Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights of the United Nations, and he has been visiting scholar at the American University (Washington, USA), the University of Grenoble (France) and Utrecht University (Netherlands). He has served as deputy justice of Colombian Constitutional Court.

Rodrigo has received several recognitions and awards, such as “Premio Nacional de Periodismo Simón Bolivar” or “Catedrático Emérito” of the National University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on human rights, constitutional law, tensions between law and economics, social rights, the judicial system and transitional justice. Some of his publications in English are: “The Constitutional Court and Control of Presidential Extraordinary Powers in Colombia” (2003) en Siri Glippen, Roberto Gargarella y Elin Skaar (Eds). Democratization and the Judiciary: London, Frank Cass; “The Enforcement of Social Rights by the Colombian Constitutional Court: Cases and Debates” (2006) in Roberto Gargarella, Pilar Domingo and Theunis Roux (Eds). Courts and Social Transformation in New Democracies: An Institutional Voice for the Poor? Ashgate. With Saffon M.P, “Uses and Abuses of Transitional Justice Discourse in Colombia” in PRIO Policy Brief, (2008); “Transformative reparations of massive gross human rights violations: between corrective and distributive justice” in Nehterlands Quaterly of Human Rights, (2009) Vol 27 No 4;  With Maria Paula Saffon. “Report on Colombia” in Cherif Bassiouni (ed) The pursuit of International Criminal Justice: A world Study on Conflicts, Victimization and Post conflict Justice. Antwerp, Intersentia, 2010 “The Recent Transformation of Constitutional Law in Latin America: Trends and Challenges”, 89 Texas L. Rev. 1587 (2011).