Adjudicating Rights-Justice Manuel Cepeda (Constitutional Court of Colombia)
09 May 2017, 5pm | The Cube, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford

The proper role of the judiciary is one of the most contested issues in contemporary democracies. Yet, the nature of that contestation often varies because the role that the judiciary plays in any particular democracy is determined in large part by the constitutional text, conventions and practice of that jurisdiction, as well as its history and political and legal culture. Too often arguments about the separation of powers are formulated in general terms and overlook the significance of these factors.

This conversation series will invite judges from a wide range of jurisdictions, including national and supranational courts, to address questions about the separation of powers in the context of their own jurisdictions. Issues to be explored include the legal and political factors that determine the role of the judiciary, the relationship between the judiciary and other institutions, and the concept of judicial independence.

In convening this series of conversations, the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights in partnership with the Oxford Human Rights Hub, Oxford Transitional Justice Research Group (OTJR), The Oxford Network of Peace Studies (OxPeace), The Oxford Changing Character of War Programme (CCW) and The Latin American Centre within Area Studies, Oxford hopes to foster robust and open conversations about one of the most important questions for constitutional and human rights lawyers everywhere. The series should deepen our understanding of the variation in the role of the judiciary across the world and bring fresh perspectives to debates on the separation of powers.

Discussants for this event are Octavio Ferraz (Reader in Transnational Law, Kings College London) and Sandra Fredman (Rhodes Professor of the Laws of the British Commonwealth and the United States, University of Oxford)


Justice Manuel Cepeda
Retired president of the Constitutional Court of Colombia
Sandra Fredman
Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub
Octavio Ferraz
Reader in Transnational Law, Kings College London