Juliana Galindo Villarreal holds two Bachelor’s Degrees in Law and Political Science from Los Andes University of Colombia. She completed a Human Rights and IHL Advance degree in Colombia and a Master degree in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in 2018. Currently, Juliana works as consultant of the Guernica’s project in Colombia, supporting a multidisciplinary strategy for strengthening the System for Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Recurrence.
Before joining the Guernica Centre for International Justice, Juliana’s professional trajectory focused towards one goal: building peace in Colombia. For several years, she joined different human rights and transitional justice projects with the German Agency for International Cooperation, the Swedish LO-TCO project with trade union organizations, the Colombian Ministry of International Affairs, the Colombian Labour Ministry, and the Geneva-based NGO International Network of Human Rights. She has worked in the implementation of international standards of human rights and transitional justice, the design and implementation of public policies aimed towards benefiting and repairing those that have suffered from the armed conflict, gender perspective and differentiated approaches, and project management and supervision of international cooperation projects or grants. Overall, doing an extensive fieldwork all over the country, she has had the unique opportunity of working hands-on with Afro-Colombian and peasantry communities, trade unions and victims of the armed conflict, as well as interact with governmental and civil society organizations at local and national level, given her an in-deep knowledge of the Colombian context.
Juliana is also a passionate scholar, with teaching experience on Human Rights courses at undergraduate and graduate level in Colombia, publishing academic papers on Inter-American System of Human Rights, the rights of afro-descendent communities in the transitional Colombian context, the role of women in transitions, among others.
As a multidisciplinary professional, she has solid bases of legal analysis, with writing and oratory skills, and research and methodological competences, with excellent knowledge of the tools of transitional justice and post-conflict studies, social movements, development, and political and sociological critical theories. She is fluent in Spanish, English and has limited working proficiency in French.