Neukom Center for the Rule of Law Welcomes Justice Alejandro Linares-Cantillo as Visiting Distinguished Judge

The Neukom Center for the Rule of Law is pleased to welcome our inaugural Visiting Distinguished Judge, Justice Alejandro Linares-Cantillo. Justice Linares-Cantillo will share his knowledge of the court and the Colombian judicial system with the Stanford community during the Winter Quarter and contribute his experience to the Center’s Policy Practicum: Global Trends in Judicial Reforms.

Justice Linares-Cantillo served as chief justice of the Constitutional Court of Colombia in 2018-2019 where he was critical of the role that the court played in the judicial review of the Peace Agreement between the Government of Colombia and the FARC guerrilla movement, signed on November 24th, 2016, and its implementation legislation. As chief justice, he also introduced certain technological innovations for facilitating the review of lower courts’ constitutional injunctions (tutelas) known as Pretoria. In December 2023, his eight-year tenure ended. There, he wrote the opinion in more than 500 final judicial decisions. He was relevant on the court’s engagement with international law, and the relevance of that engagement to the international institutions, in areas such as international criminal law, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and international economic law. Before that, he held multiple positions in both public and private sectors such as general counsel at Colombian state-run oil company Ecopetrol, and partner at top-tier firm Gómez-Pinzón Abogados concentrating in international business law and transnational litigation and arbitration. Over the years he lectured at several Colombian Law Schools in areas such as international investment arbitration, public finance, and corporate law. He studied law at the University of Los Andes and holds an LLM from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Law from the University Externado of Colombia.

On visiting Stanford, the Justice shared that “My visit to SLS for the Winter Quarter allows me to think, research, and learn about the complexities of the rule of law in Colombia and the region, with a global and multidisciplinary approach, looking for practical initiatives for an accessible and impartial justice.”