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Catalina Vallejo Piedrahíta

Postdoctoral fellow, Researcher for the project “Causes and Consequences of the Legal Architecture of Climate Politics” (LEG-ARCH)

Catalina Vallejo is studying the polycentric governance of climate change in the Amazon, as a member of the interdisciplinary research project “Causes and Consequences of the Legal Architecture of Climate Politics” (LEG-ARCH), with funding from the University of Bergen, a collaborative project between the Faculty of Law and the Department of Comparative Politics, Social Science Faculty, both UIB. 

She is a lawyer from Colombia, holds an MA in Peace Studies, and a Ph.D. in Law. In her doctoral dissertation, she studied climate change litigation against governments of the world and the emerging climate jurisprudence. She is affiliated as a researcher to the Universidad Autónoma Latinoamericana-UNAULA, in Medellin, Colombia, to the Peace and Conflict Unit of the University of Innsbruck, in Austria, and to the Centre for Law and Social Transformation, in Norway. 

Academic monograph
  • 2012. Plurality of peace in legal action. Analyzing Constitutional Objections to Military Service in Colombia.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

PhD Dissertation

  • “Suing the state for climate change: empirical assessment of court rulings in cases against governments” 2018. Los Andes University, Bogota. Supervisor: César Rodríguez-Garavito. 

Books

Plurality of Peaces in Legal Action: Analysing Constitutional Objections to Military Service in Colombia. Vienna-Berlin: Lit-Verlag. Serie: Masters of Peace (2012). UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies, Innsbruck University.

Book Chapters

  • Gloppen, Siri, and Catalina Vallejo Piedrahíta. 2020. “The Climate Crisis: Litigation and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.” In Research Handbook on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as Human Rights, edited by Jackie Dugard, Bruce Porter, Daniela Ikawa, and Lilian Chenwi, 387–410. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • "Colombia: transitional justice before transition". In: The Uneven Road from Impunity towards Accountability (2017). Edited by Elin Skaar, Jemima Garcia-Godos, Cath Collins. Londres: Routledge.
  • “Red-Green Lawfare? Climate Change Narratives in Courtrooms” C. Vallejo and S. Gloppen, In: J. Dugard, A.L St. Clar, and S. Gloppen (eds) Climate Talk: Rights, Poverty and Justice (2013). Durban: Juta Law.

Journal Articles

Blog entries and other

- Postdoctoral researcher for the project “Causes and Consequences of the Legal Architecture of Climate Politics” (LEG-ARCH), with funding from the University of Bergen, a collaborative project between the Faculty of Law and the Department of Comparative Politics, Social Science Faculty, both UIB. 

- Country-case researcher for the project "Riverine Rights:  Exploring the Currents and Consequences of Legal Innovations on the Rights of Rivers in Colombia, New Zealand, and India", with funding from the Norwegian Research Council.