Juan Camilo López

Juan is the Executive Director of JustLabs. He is a lawyer, consultant, and a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology of the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. Currently, his research work focuses on: 1) the conversational analysis of the interactions between clients and lawyers in pro-bono legal advisory centers in the city of Bogotá; and, 2) the study of the forms of communication with and accompaniment of patients with Alzheimer's disease. Juan Camilo’s interest that unites these two work fronts is based on his desire to understand the way emotions, thoughts and behaviors are constitutive elements of the way people define a problem collaboratively and try to solve it. In this way, the concepts of justice and welfare cease to be abstract notions and become a set of actions in which experts and laymen negotiate on what to do and how to do it. Juan Camilo has worked as an auxiliary judge at the Constitutional Court of Colombia. He also worked on the design of the legal education program for immigrants in the organization Centro Presente Inc. in Boston, and developed legal training workshops for victims of the armed conflict throughout Colombia. His experience has led him to reconsider the way lawyers speak and act when they want to solve problems related to human rights and, consequently, is interested in understanding and making visible the social and psychological implications that make social change possible. Juan Camilo has also taught constitutional law, legal interpretation, and qualitative research methods. He has a law degree from the Universidad Javeriana, a Master of Laws (LL.M.) and a Master in Psychology from Universidad de los Andes, and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.