Economic Justice

We advocate for a basic level of material wellbeing for all; one that is necessary for living with human dignity

Justiciability of Economic, Social & Cultural Rights

We promote the justiciability of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) through our research and our advocacy for the implementation of relevant court decisions.


Right to
Food

We seek the legal recognition and effective implementation of the right to healthy nutrition and food security. We work to increase the visibility of malnutrition and overweight and to promote public policies that stop their expansion.


Tax
Justice

We promote tax reforms that contribute to decreasing socioeconomic inequality, injustice, and poverty.


Business &
Human Rights

We research and advocate at the national and international levels for effective mechanisms of accountability for violations of human rights in the context of corporate activity, with particular attention to the implementation of international norms, and to corporate accountability in the context of armed conflict and societies in transition.


Committee on
ESCR

Dejusticia’s headquarters host Rodrigo Uprimny, member of the UN Committee on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights (2015-2018).

Research & Publications

Assessment of Existing National Action Plans (NAPs) on Business and Human Rights (2017)

The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ), and the Center for the Study of Law, Justice, and Society (Dejusticia) are pleased to release an updated report on Assessments of Existing National Action Plans (NAPs) on Business and Human Rights (August 2017).

Without rules or control: regulation of food and drinks advertising aimed at minors

This text addresses questions regarding the role of unhealthy food and drink consumption, especially in children, and what the State does about it. The document is based on an analysis of the existing norms in Colombia and is skeptical about the self-regulation mechanisms proposed by the industry.

Social Rights Judgments and the Politics of Compliance: Making it Stick (Cambridge University Press)

The book “Social Rights Judgments and the Politics of Compliance”, edited by César Rodríguez Garavito, director of Dejusticia, Malcolm Langford (Univ. Oslo) and Julieta Rossi (Univ. Lanús) was just published.

Litigation

The Constitutional Court has the last word to save the Ciénaga Grande of Santa Marta

The environmental crisis of this ecosystem led fishermen to pursue a legal battle that reached the High Court. In this intervention, we support their demand that environmental authorities take urgent measures to stop the disaster and thus, protect their rights to healthy environment, dignified life and work.

Rural reform decree to resolve historic debt with peasants

Terrible conditions in the countryside and lack of access to land are linked to the armed conflict. Point one of the Peace Agreement, which is under study by the Constitutional Court, addresses these issues. Dejusticia presented an intervention supporting most of its content.

The national government geographically isolated Chocó

We intervened to support a tutela that requires the government to pave the Quibdó-Medellín and Quibdó-Pereira roads: a promise that has historically been unfulfilled.

Columns &
Blogs

Our “common home”

In his encyclical, Pope Francis makes an invitation to seek other ways of understanding the economy and progress, to explore a new vision of development that respects our house and allows believers and non believers to live in equality.

The Pope’s message

Francis has a powerful message of unity, not only for Catholics, but for all; a message based on a simple, basic morality of brotherhood, solidarity and respect.

Francis, extreme environmentalism?

To take seriously the visit of Pope Francis is to take seriously his message on the environment. The central idea of ​​Francis' ecological encyclical is as simple as it is conclusive: everything is interconnected.

Project Highlights

Photo: Piyushgiri Revagar

Dejusticia and other members of organizations that are part of the Food Health Alliance presented a tutela action on the two orders included in Resolution No. 59176 of 2016 of the Industry and Commerce Oversight Agency against a commercial produced by  Educating Consumers, which provided information about the health effects of excessive sugary drinks consumption.

This Resolution ordered, among other things, the immediate halt to the broadcasting of the educational message about the consumption of sugary drinks and its possible impact on health.

Find out more about this case, and about the legal framework for taxing sugary drinks in Colombia, proposed by Dejusticia.

Foto: Andrei Niemimäki

Dejusticia, along with other organizations, joined the “tutela” action filed by a citizen on behalf of Wayúu children who are at a serious risk due to the government's failure to guarantee their rights to food and water. As part of this work, Dejusticia has made several citizen interventions and produced a supplementary report to the Constitutional Court’s visit to Guajira from February 11-16.

Learn more  about the documents contributed to this case.

Photo: Carolina Londoño Mosquera

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