Author Archives: Jorge González-Jácome

About Jorge González-Jácome

Jorge González-Jácome is an assistant professor of law at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. His research and teaching focus on legal history, human rights, and comparative constitutional law. One of his most representative publications is a book that addresses the idea of states of exception in South America during the twentieth century, entitled Estados de Excepción y Democracia Liberal en América del Sur (Bogotá, 2015). He has published in Human Rights Quarterly and is currently writing about the political and legal ideas surrounding the rise of human rights politics in Colombia during the 1970s and 1980s.

The Emergence of Human Rights in Colombia: Revolutionary Promise or Survival Strategy?

Abstract: This essay assesses two recent books that consider the rise of human rights activism in Colombia’s oil capital (the city of Barrancabermeja) during the 1970s and 1980s. Lesley Gill (Vanderbilt University) and Luis van Isschot (University of Toronto) give two interpretations of the political and social role of human rights ideals in the midst of a brutal armed conflict. The two accounts differ in the relationship that the authors find between the rise of neoliberalism and human rights. While Gill shows that human rights Continue reading → Continue reading →