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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”

Books and Book Chapters

  • 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.
  • "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.