Prof. Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes (Colombia) 11.03.2019

The Adam Mickiewicz Univeristy in Poznań and the City of Poznań invite to the open lecture by Prof. Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes titled "Constitution, transitional justice and peace process in Colombia". The lecture will take place on 11 March 2019 at 15:30 o'clock in the Prof. Zygmunt Ziembiński Lecture Theatre of the Faculty of Law and Administration, Collegium Iuridicum Novum, Al. Niepodległości 53, Poznań.

Professor Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes was born on 13 April 1959 in Bogotá (Colombia).

He is a Colombian lawyer specialized in constitutional law and human rights. He is currently a member of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of the United Nations.

He graduated from the Externado University of Colombia and received a PhD degree in political economics from the University of Picardie in Amiens (France), he also holds a MA degree in sociology of law from the University Paris II.

He is a professor in constitutional law, human rights and state theory at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Colombia in Bogotá.

He was a visiting professor to other Colombian and foreign universities. In the years 1994-2004, he was a judge of the Constitutional Tribunal of Colombia and an expert of the Inter-American Court on Human Rights.

Member and founder of the Centre of Studies on Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia). Director of the Centre since 2005.

Member of the International Commission of Jurists.

Visiting professor to the American University (Washington, USA), the University of Grenoble (France) and the University of Utrecht (Holland).

Director of the Certificate Programme on Constitutional Law at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Colombia in the years 1998-2005. Director of the Master's Programme on Law at the National University of Colombia in the years 2005-2008.

Advocate specialized in human rights, lawyer and scientist in the field of human rights in the Colombian Commission of Jurists (1989-1993).

Consultant in the matters of violence, civic participation, conflict resolution and justice under the project of the United Nations Development Programme "National Plan of Rehabilitation" (PNR) - Colombia (1993).

He has authored numerous books and articles on human rights, constitutional law, tensions between law and economics, social rights, legal system and justice during the peace and democratic transformation (transitional justice).

In 2006 and 2013, he was distinguished with the Special Prize of the State University of Colombia for outstanding academic achievements, and with the Simón Bolívar National Prize for the best opinion in the field of journalism in 2013.

Selected publications in English: "The Constitutional Court and Control of Presidential Extraordinary Powers in Colombia" (2003), [in:] Siri Glippen, Roberto Gargarella y Elin Skaar (ed.), 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 (ed.). 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:] Netherlands Quarterly 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).

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