I am passionate aboutHow can we achieve social justice in the world through Law? As a graduate
teaching assistant, lawyer, researcher, editor, and activist, this is the
question I am most passionate about and that guide all the projects I am
engaged with to materialize it.
As a young person who was directly affected by the Colombian armed conflict,
but also who has been favored by a lovely family, friends, teachers, and the
State (through public education and subsidies in healthcare, education, and
housing) to overcome the effects of my forced displacement by some
paramilitary groups, I feel very motivated to work for peace, but through the
promotion of social justice, because a more peaceful Colombia can be achieved
only by dealing with political, social, and economic marginalization and lack
of equal opportunities. From a global perspective, I support the idea that we, young leaders, must
work to find a sustainable way through which all States can supply the
people with a certain level of material means to realize their life plans,
without violating their human dignity and the Rule of Law, a mistake often
made by communist or contemporary socialist-authoritarian regimes that, for
example, are eager to provide food and free housing, but tend to restrict
freedom of expression, thought, etc.
ActionsCreating and diffusing knowledge, case-based teaching, protecting human
rights, and promoting social justice, are the ways I have helped to create a
positive change in my community, organizations and country.
First, as a member of one of the best research groups in the country, I have
been researching for some years on how Law can be used to achieve social
justice and how society can contribute to this purpose; actually, the first
findings will be published soon in foreign and national peer-reviewed
publications. Also, in order to engage other undergraduate students with
knowledge creation and its diffusion, I founded "Revista Justicia y Derecho"
in 2013, the first indexed undergraduate law journal in my Department and
Southern Colombia, through which several generations of prospective Colombian
professionals have learnt that legal research can be a useful tool to
overcome the problems our society has.
Second, as a graduate teaching assistant of the course Constitutional Theory
at Universidad Nacional Law School, I have tried to lecture in a way that
college students think about possible solutions to problems several States
are facing in the world right now in promoting social justice, democracy,
human rights, etc. In this way, I contribute by changing the traditional
legal education in Colombia, limited to a national and theoretical scope.
Finally, both as an intern at and Amicus Curiae before the Colombian
Constitutional Court, and an intern in the Environmental Law team at Brigard
& Urrutia Abogados (one of the most prestigious Law firms in Latin America),
I have stood up for the protection of fundamental rights, the Social Rule of
Law, and the environment.