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Eduardo Cifuentes Muñoz
Division of Human Rights and Fight Against Discrimination

Work Phone +33 (0) 1 45 68 38 19
Fax +33 (0)1 45 68 57 26
Street 1, rue Miollis
City Paris Cedex
Postal Code 75732
Country France

Born in 1954, Mr Cifuentes Muñoz holds a doctorate in Law (Doctor en Derecho) awarded in 1977 by the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia).

After 15 years as a Professor at the Universidad de los Andes Law School, Mr Cifuentes Muñoz in 1991 became a Judge of the Constitutional Court of Colombia. He rose to the rank of Chief Justice in 1999. As a member of the bench, he played a leading role in the defence of human rights and international humanitarian law.

In September 2000, Mr Cifuentes Muñoz was appointed Ombudsman of Colombia, a function that ensures the promotion and exercise of human rights and the management of the public defenders’ office, which provides legal aid to the public in criminal proceedings. Apart from the numerous cases he handled during his mandate, he also initiated a number of legislative actions such as the presentation of a statutory bill relating to habeas corpus.

Mr Cifuentes Muñoz has participated as a lecturer in numerous international meetings and symposia. He has authored numerous books and articles in his fields of specialization. He is the founder and a member of the Editorial Board of the Private Law and Public Law Journals of the Universidad de los Andes Law School and of the Economic Law Journal of the Economic Law Association. He is a member of the Network of National Human Rights Promotion and Protection in the American Continent and is the recipient of a number of awards and distinctions.