René Urueña’s work focuses on the ways in which complex social challenges can be understood, and tackled, as distinctively legal problem. He has explored this issue in his current position, as a professor in International Law at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, and also as a Fellow at New York University and the Max Plack Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law; as a docent at the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard, and as a visiting professor at the universities in Tel-Aviv, Utah, Helsinki and at the City University of New York. René is also an experienced international legal practitioner: he has represented states before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, has been several times an expert witness before the same Court, and served as a legal adviser of the Selection Committee of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (Colombia). He received his LL.M. (laudatur) and his Doctor of Law (eximia cum laude) from the University of Helsinki in Finland.