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Adelaida Ibarra



Adelaida Ibarra
MA and PhD (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia), MBA (Leuphana University of Lüneburg,Germany)

Associate Lecturer

She joined in 2022 the York Law School and the Centre for Applied Human Rights working on the Generating Respect for Humanitarian Norms: The Influence of Religious Leaders on Parties to Armed Conflict. Prior to joining York, she lectured at Nueva Granada Military University Law School (2019-2022), Universidad de Los Andes (2019-2020), Universidad del Atlántico (2010-2013), among other Colombian Universities. She was a Fulbright Scholar at Cornell Law School (2016-2017), a research fellow at the International Nuremberg Principles Academy (2016), and at the German Institute for Environmental Strategies – Ökopol

She has performed as Director of Research Center, Director of Academic
Programme and Deputy Dean at the Law School at the Nueva Granada
Military University Law School. She also worked as a public official at
the Colombian Ministry of Labour (2013), and at the Superior Court of
Bogota Justice and Peace Chamber (2022).



Her research interests fall within the broad areas of Human Rights, transitional justice, gender, peacebuilding, international criminal law, International Humanitarian Law, constitutional law and sustainability. She has large experience in qualitative research and fieldwork with sensitive groups such as former combatants and victims of gross human rights violations in Colombia.

Main research projects

  • Generating Respect for Humanitarian Norms: The Influence of Religious Leaders on Parties to Armed Conflict  (University of York, January 2022- Currently) 
  • The Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) in Colombia: Design of a Social Observatory (Nueva Granada Military University, 2019-2020)
  • Potentialities and challenges of the Colombian reintegration process as a guarantee of non-repetition (Universidad de los Andes, 2014-2017)
  • Domestic investigation and prosecution of international crimes (International Nuremberg Principles Academy, June- December 2016)                                                      
  • “Green cities toolbox” and “Green Airports” (Siemens IT Solutions and Services Management Consulting, 2009)
  • Optimization of the monitoring and control of trans-boundary flows of electronic waste. (Ökopol Institute of Ecology and Environmental Policy, 2008- 2009)


Selected publications

  • Ibarra Padilla, A. M., & Rojas, C. (2022). Strategies against drug trafficking in Colombia within the framework of the Peace Agreement. Análisis Político, (103), 90-108.
  • Ibarra Padilla, A. M., Martínez Martínez, G. C., & Sánchez Tamayo, R. (2021). Advances in equality from a gender perspective in Colombian constitutional law. Análisis Político, 34(101), 5-22.
  • Ibarra Padilla, A. M., Martínez Martínez, G. C., & Mena Bermúdez, E. B. (2021). Criminal policy against theft in Colombia 2016-2020. Justicia, 26(39), 237-254.
  • Martínez Martínez G. C., Sánchez Tamayo R., & Ibarra Padilla A. M. (2021). Serious violations of Human Rights of LGBTI communities in the Colombian internal armed conflict as a crime against humanity. Estudios Políticos, (60), 179-202.
  • Suesca, M., Romo, L. & Ibarra, A. (2020). Social movements: the role of emotions and human rights in the transformation of local and international law. Análisis Político. 33(98), 210-225.
  • Ibarra, A., Lora, R. & Preciado, Y. (2020). Regulatory development and public policy against child sexual abuse in Colombia. Pensamiento Americano, 13(26), 139-151.
  • Calle M. & Ibarra, A. (2019). Special jurisdiction for peace: theoretical fundaments and characteristics of transitional justice in Colombia. Análisis Político. 32(96), 3-20.
  • Ibarra, A. (2016). “Transitional Justice: The relationship between law and power in times of transition”. In: Revista De Derecho Público. ISSN: 2145-9355. Ed: Ediciones Uniandes, (45), 237-261.
  • Ibarra, A. (2015). “Modern Liberalism: a refined form of colonization. An approach to the liberalism of the nineteenth century through the ideas of Florentino González”. In: Revista De Derecho Público. (34), 1 - 16.
  • Ibarra, A. (2014). “Principles of corporate social responsibility in the Colombian law” In: Revista De Derecho. (41), 51 - 82.
  • Alfaro, D.; Hernández, N.; Ibarra, A. & Mejía, G. (2009). "The economic ethos as a legitimation factor of the Colombian legal system". Revista De Derecho. (32), p.30 - 56.



  • Foundations in Law
  • Profesionalism & Ethics


  • Human Rights Placement (project supervision)
  • LLM dissertation supervision

Contact details

Dr Adelaida Ibarra
York Law School
YO10 5GD

Tel: +44 (0)1904 32 5802