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Laura Santacoloma

Laura Santacoloma M. is a lawyer from the National University of Colombia, with a Master’s degree in Environmental Law from the University of Palermo in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and a Ph.D. from the same university. Laura professional experience is related with issues on research, analysis and development of environmental public policies such as: air quality, environmental planning, environmental authorizations, land restitution, ethnic issues and deforestation.

She is co-author, along with Luis Jorge Garay, of the book “Decentralization, territoriality, participation and local and ethnic autonomy. Regarding the jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court of Colombia” IUniverse. Bogotá, Colombia, 2017.

She has been a plaintiff in public actions before the Constitutional Court of Colombia, in matter related with the ban on sport hunting  (Judgment C-045 of 2019) and the unconstitutionality of some articles of the Colombian Mining Code, Act 685 of 2001 (Judgment C-389 of 2016).

Laura is currently the director of Dejusticia’s Environmental Justice research line.

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