Manuel Jose Cepeda-Espinoza

89 Texas L. Rev. 1699

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In this transcript, a former justice of the Colombian Constitutional Court reflects on the court’s jurisprudence and offers a typology to categorize its decision making. ¬†He observes that Colombia is characterized by judicial independence, a tendency to decide cases on the structural level, and an active tutela system. ¬†Former Justice Cepeda-Espinoza also reflects on political constraints on judges, including the active economic “techno-bureaucracy.”

In the end, he suggests that the court’s decisions are best analyzed along a continuum which considers the level of systemic applicability of the court’s decision, how rights are protected, and how judges relate to public policies, among other considerations.