Rule of Law

The legality of power, embodied in the expression "Rule of Law", is a fundamental concern for Dejusticia

Strengthening Institutions & Independent Judicial Systems

We research how citizens interact with the law, and we contribute to develop a judicial culture of legality and democracy that strengthens institutions and respects human rights. We focus our research on improving norm compliance and on socio-legal education.

Freedom of

We conduct research on national and international standards on freedom of expression, with a special focus on Latin America.

Privacy & Access to Information

We promote a stronger protection of the rights to access public information, privacy and personal data in the context of new technologies.

At the international level, we collaborate with the Privacy International Network in order to protect and guarantee privacy in the digital era. A the national level we are part of the alliance More Information, More Rights, which promotes access to public information. 

Research & Publications

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Entre coacción y colaboración: Verdad judicial, actores económicos y conflicto armado en Colombia

While it is clear that many of the economic actors lack responsibility in the conflict and others have been victims of it, some research has shown that some did have a decisive role in the origin, development and perpetuation of the cycles of armed conflict in the country.

On corruption in Colombia: conceptual framework, diagnosis and policy proposals

According to the Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International for 2016, Colombia obtained a rating of 37/100. How to characterize the phenomenon of corruption in Colombia and what academic and public policy strategies can be adopted to counteract it?

The right to freedom of expression: advanced course for judges and legal practitioners in the Americas

This guide covers the main current legal rules under the inter-American order on freedom of expression.


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.

Prison is not the only sanction in transitional justice mechanisms

César Rodríguez defended that the Comprehensive System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Repetition is in line with the Constitution. Regarding penalties, he affirmed that international law discusses effective sanctions, not imprisonment.

Interventions in lawsuits against four aspects of the New Police Code

Dejusticia carried out citizen interventions regarding the constitutionality of Police Code articles that establish police measures for several categories of persons and activities.

Columns &

The ICC Venezuela Referral and the Tumultuous Shift in Latin American Politics

With the rise of right-wing presidents in Latin America, measures like the referral can be abused by such governments to advance their political agendas in the region, thereby delegitimizing the crucial cause of seeking justice for victims in Venezuela as a common goal.

Using regulation to repair the mistakes of drug prohibition

Recognizing the ethno-racial biases of marijuana prohibition, the opening of the legal market has involved a series of measures aimed both at compensating for damage caused over the course of prohibition, and at overcoming conditions of economic inequality.

Migrants and Work: Lessons from Lebanon

Before the innumerable challenges that come with Venezuelan migration, we don’t need to improvise. We need to learn from countries like Lebanon that have already tried.

Project Highlights

Photo: Piyushgiri Revagar

The University of Columbia, in collaboration with Dejusticia, UNESCO, FLIP, and Universidad Externado de Colombia launch the Spanish Online Database of Case Law on Freedom of Expression

“This initiative demonstrates the importance of creating multi-stakeholder synergies in support of protecting freedom of expression in the region,” said Lidia Brito, Regional Director of UNESCO Montevideo Office. The Spanish database includes significant decisions about Freedom of Expression and Access to Information from 16 Latin American countries and a number of other rulings from around the world, analyzed by a team of Colombian lawyers supervised by   Catalina Botero Marino, founding member of Dejusticia, international human rights lawyer, and former Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States.

The latest publication related to this project is: "The right to freedom of expression: advanced course for judges and legal practitioners in the Americas, which you can find here. 

In this lawsuit, we argue that articles 32, 95-8, 139, 146-2 and 237 of the new Police Code of Colombia imply or allow for the population to be subjected to indiscriminate monitoring.

Thus, they establish massive surveillance mechanisms which, because of a lack of definitions and limits, and for its failure to balance means and ends, result in violations of the rights to privacy and of the writ of habeas data.

Dejusticia is part of   Privacy International Network, a network of organizations that defend the right to privacy in more than twenty countries in the Global South. We promote the rights to privacy and freedom of expression in developing countries.

To see the full document (in Spanish) click here

Photo: Ryuichi Maruo [YCAM] "Seiko Mikami — Desire of Codes"

Edited by Mauricio García and María Adelaida Ceballos, this book collects the essential of the texts on justice produced by more than a dozen researchers during the last decade at Dejusticia

Texts were selected to provide as wide and deep an outlook of the research, analyses and proposals made by Dejusticia since its inception. To achieve this, each text was edited and mined for the sections that contained its essential ideas.

This book attempts to contribute to the debate about issues related to justice and law in Colombia, from a democratic perspective and with a view to defending the rule of law. At the same time, this book seeks to shed light on social and political complexities that Colombia faces, by providing a better explanation of the role that law and the justice system have had in Colombian society.

Download the full book (in Spanish) here

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