Manuel José Cepeda Espinosa
Universidad de los Andes
Constitutional Court of Colombia (2001-2009)

Manuel José Cepeda-Espinosa served as a Justice on the Constitutional Court of Colombia from 2001 to 2009 and as President of the Court from June 2005 to April 2006. From 1987 to 1990, he served as Presidential Advisor for legal affairs to President of the Republic Virgilio Barco Vargas. From 1990 to 1991, he was Presidential Advisor for the Constituent Assembly and Constitutional Drafting for President of the Republic César Gaviria Trujillo. From 1993 to 1995, he was Ambassador of Colombia to UNESCO and thereafter to the Helvetic Confederation (1995-1996). He served as Dean of the Universidad de los Andes Law School from 1996 to 2000. The author of several constitutional law books, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Universidad de los Andes in 1986 and received his Master of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1987. In 1993, he received the Order of Boyacá, in the highest degree of Great Cross, from the President of the Republic of Colombia (1993). Time International Magazine named him a “Leader of the Future” in its special report, “The Global 100 - roster of young leaders for the new millennium” on December 5, 1994. The Colombian newspaper El Tiempo and other important national journals (Revista Cambio; Revista Credencial) deemed him “person of the year” in 2005.

La constitución que no fue:
y el significado de los silencios constitucionales (Ediciones Uniandes, 1994)