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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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.

Access to intelligence and counterintelligence archives in the framework of the post-agreement

In this text, we offer options so that transitional justice mechanisms and society at large can have access to intelligence and counterintelligence archives, which relate to the armed conflict in Colombia.


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 &

Navigating Human Rights in a War-Torn Yemen

Despite immensely difficult circumstances in a war-torn and diminishing space for activism, Mwatana for Human Rights has remained steadfast in its mission to defend human rights.

Rethinking the Anti-Poverty Recipe

Economic growth alone is not enough to alleviate extreme poverty. Instead, we need creative, targeted alternatives—like unconditional cash transfers and livestock donations.

A Chain of Inequalities

The decline of redistributive agrarian reforms coupled with growing patterns of land concentration and land-grabbing threaten to exacerbate cycles of inequality in the countryside, in the city, and around the world.

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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