Julián D. López-Murcia

Julián D. López-Murcia

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Research topic:
Recentralisation and its causes: Colombia, 1994-2014
Degree course:
Curriculum vitae:

Research Themes:
Government Comparative Politics and Government  Institutions and organisations 

Areas of expertise

Comparative politics 

Politics in Latin America 

Subnational politics 

Utilities Regulation 

Constitutional Law 

Academic Profile

LLB and LLM (Javeriana, Colombia), MSc in Regulation (LSE), DPhil Candidate in Politics (Oxon)

I am currently conducting my doctoral research under the supervision of Professor Christopher Hood (All Souls College) and Professor Eduardo Posada-Carbó (St Antony’s College), which deals with the question of how to characterise and account for ‘recentralisation’ in Colombia between central and lower levels of government from 1994 to 2014, and addresses a wider literature on subnational politics in Latin America.

Before coming to Oxford, I was Director of the Center for Studies in International Law Francisco Suárez, S.J and Editor of the International Law Journal at the Javeriana University in Bogotá (2008-2011). I also served as an external advisor to the Superintendencia de Servicios Públicos Domiciliarios providing guidance on the evaluation of drafts of laws, decrees and regulations (2007-2010) and worked at a leading law firm (2003-2007).




Spanish and English 

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

For over ten years, my research has concentrated on various aspects of law and government in Latin America (primarily on Colombia). My early work focused on Human Rights, Constitutional and Administrative Law. Over the past four years my work has been focused on Public Administration, Government and Law, Subnational Politics, and Water Security.



St Anne’s College,  University of Oxford 

  • Politics in Latin America (tutorial)

The Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London -CTLS,Georgetown University et al. 

  • Transnational Environmental Law  More info
Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia
  • Legislation and public policy

Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas, El Salvador

  • Utilities regulation in developing countries
  • Legal Research

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia

  • Human rights and development
  • Utilities Regulation
  • Constitutional Law
  • Sources of Law
  • Legal Research

Universidad del Cauca, Colombia

  • Economic Law More info
  • Globalisation and Law


‘Writing Up’ Grant (2015-16), Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, 2015

Colciencias Scholarship, 2014.

“Enrique Low Murtra” Scholarship, one of the most prestigious scholarships of Colombia awarded to one person per year by the Central Bank, on the basis of academic and professional excellence, 2011.

“Honourable Mention” awarded by the Concurso Nacional José Ignacio de Márquez de Derecho Económico, a national Law and Economics paper contest. It was chosen from the approximately twenty- seven Law Reviews published in Colombia and selected by a board of five of the most prominent academics and legal professionals in the country, 2010.

“Honourable Mention” awarded by Javeriana Law School, to recognize the outstanding level of my dissertation (LL.B.), 2005

Certificate Issued by the Ministry of National Education, to “make public recognition” for having obtained the third highest score in the country (3rd/8577 students) in the State undergraduate test of knowledge of Law (ECAES for its acronym in Spanish), 2005.




  • La Garantía de los Derechos Sociales (Social Rights Guarantees) (ISBN 978-958-716-310-0), Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and Ibáñez Press, 2009 (With Alfredo Bateman, Juliana Vengoechea and Juanita López. Foreword by Nilson Pinilla Pinilla, former President of the Colombian Constitutional Court). More info


Journal articles 

  • Regulatory Agencies and Courts in the South: the Overlaps in the Colombian Water RegulationJournal of Politics in Latin America (peer-reviewed journal – ISSN 1868-4890), 5 (2) 2013, pp. 105-132. More info
  • Political Institutions and Judicial Role: an Approach in Context, the Case of the Colombian Constitutional CourtVniversitas (peer-reviewed journal – ISSN 0041-9060), No.119.2009, pp. 55-92 (with D. Landau). More info
  • La Protección de la Propiedad de la Tierra en la Jurisprudencia de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos y su Aplicación al Caso de las Comunidades Campesinas en Colombia (The protection of land in the jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and its application to Colombian rural communities), International Law. Revista Colombiana de Derecho Internacional (peer-reviewed journal – ISSN 1692-8156), No.14.2009, pp.71-105 (with G. Maldonado). More info
  • El Régimen Tarifario de los Servicios Públicos Domiciliarios y la Cláusula de Progresividad de los DESC en Colombia (Regulation of public utility rates and the obligation of progressive realization of economic, social, and cultural rights in Colombia), Revista de la Maestría en Derecho Económico (peer- reviewed journal – ISSN 1692-3103), No.5. 2009, pp.201-240. More info
  • “Servicios Públicos Domiciliarios”: una Reinterpretación Desde el Bloque de Constitucionalidad (Household Public Utilities: a reinterpretation from the perspective of the “Constitutional Block”), Vniversitas (peer-reviewed journal – ISSN 0041-9060), No.117.2008, pp.171-196 (with J. Schonberger). More info
  • La Obligación de Progresividad de los Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales: el Caso de los Servicios Públicos en Colombia (The Obligation of progressive realization of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: the case of Colombian public utilities), International Law. Revista Colombiana de Derecho Internacional (peer-reviewed journal – ISSN 1692-8156), No.12.2008, pp.217-252(with L. García). More info
  • La Problemática Actual de los Paraísos Fiscales (Current problems around Tax Havens Issue), International Law. Revista Colombiana de Derecho Internacional (peer-reviewed journal – ISSN 1692- 8156), No.10.2007, pp.311-338 (with J. Schonberger). More info
  • Asistencia Estatal a los Desplazados y Reparaciones en el Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos (Public assistance and reparations to forcefully displaced persons in the Inter-American Human Rights System), International Law. Revista Colombiana de Derecho Internacional (peer-reviewed journal – ISSN 1692-8156), No.8.2006, pp. 161-194 (with J. Acosta). More info

Book chapters 

  • El Bloque de Constitucionalidad en su Dimensión Correcta: Obligatoriedad de las Interpretaciones Autorizadas (The constitutional block in its correct dimension: binding character of the authorized interpretations) in “Realidades y Tendencias del Derecho en el Siglo XXI – Filosofía e Historia del Derecho” (ISBN: 978-958-35-0805-9), Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and Editorial Temis, 2010, p. 233 – 254. More info


Academic blogging:

A critical case: the United Kingdom and New Public Management, OXPOL, Oxford University, 26 November 2015. Full text

Book review: Policy Alienation and the Power of Professionals: Confronting New Policies, LSE Review of Books, 8 April 2014. Full text

Book review: Political Struggles and the Forging of Autonomous Government Agencies, LSE Review of Books, 1 September 2013. Full text

Water Supply and Sanitation in Colombia: From Decentralisation to Recentralisation, Global Water Forum, UNESCO – Australian National University, 16 March 2015  Full text

Regulatory Agencies and Courts in the Global South, Panoramas, University of Pittsburgh, 5 May 2015 Full text



Conference Papers and Presentations

I have presented my research findings at various international conferences:

  • The Causes of Recentralisation in Colombia (2007-2011), 111th American Political Science AssociationAPSA Annual Meeting, San Francisco (USA), 3-6 September 2015.
  • The New Colombian System of Royalties: Decentralisation or Recentralisation?, XXXIII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association -LASA, San Juan (Puerto Rico), 27-30 May 2015.
  • Regulatory Agencies and Courts in the Global South, Latin American Constitutionalism: between Law and Politics, University of Glasgow, Glasgow (UK), 2 July 2014.
  • The Emergence of Recentralization in Colombia, XXXII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association -LASA, Chicago (USA), 21-24 May 2014.
  • Subnational autonomy and Political Participation in the Current Colombian Peace Talks, The Colombian Peace Talks: A Challenge for Security and Democracy?, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, Oxford (UK), 20 November 2013.
  • El Bloque de Constitucionalidad en su Dimensión Correcta: Obligatoriedad de las “Interpretaciones Autorizadas” de los Tratados Internacionales de Derechos Humanos (The block of constitutionality in its correct dimension: binding character of the authorised interpretations of the international human rights treaties), VII Seminario Permanente de Derechos Humanos Xabier Gorostiaga, S.J.Universidad del Zulia et al., Maracaibo (Venezuela), 31 May and 1-3 June 2011.
  • Propiedad Privada en el Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos (Private Property in the Inter-American System of Human Rights), Curso Internacional de Jurisprudencia de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos”, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México -UNAM, Mexico City (Mexico), 26-27 February 2009.