Carlos Andrés Pérez Garzón

Country representing

Colombia

Languages

Spanish
English

Education

  • Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Abogado Grado de Honor (LL.B. Summa Cum Laude)

Skills and Expertise

Activism
Copy editing
Law
Research
Teaching and training

Areas of interest

Education
Human Rights
Leadership
Peace and Conflict
Sustainable Development

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

How 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.

Actions

Creating 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.