ACIL lecture: Rene Uruena (Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá)
Conservative Christian Evangelicals are a growing political force in Latin America, and much of their success is linked to international law. They have skillfully used international law to advance a transnational conservative agenda, but they have also used it against the current Inter-American order and regional standards of liberal democracy.
Prof. Rene Uruena will present his paper “Reclaiming the keys to the Kingdom: International Law, Evangelicals, and the Future of Democracy in Latin America.”
Conservative Christian Evangelicals are a growing political force in Latin America, and much of their success is linked to international law. They have skillfully used international law to advance a transnational conservative agenda (particularly against LGBTI and equal-gender rights), but they have also used it, paradoxically, as the target of a popular backlash against the current Inter-American order and regional standards of liberal democracy. This lecture will discuss the global challenges, and opportunities, of the tense relation between international law and popular movements that, like the Evangelicals in Latin America, risk becoming a breaking point for the social legitimacy of the international rule of law.
René Urueña is an Associate Professor and Director of Research at the Universidad de Los Andes School of Law (Colombia). Twice an expert witness before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Professor Urueña served as an advisor of the Selection Committee of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (Colombia),and has published extensively on international law and global governance. He holds a doctoral degree (exima cum laude) from the University of Helsinki, was President of the Colombian Academy of International Law, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Utah, a docent at the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School, a research fellow at New York University, and researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law, in Germany.
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