Advanced Course: Constitutional and legal inabilities regime in Colombia

The Constitutional Law Department offers this face-to-face course.

The program consists of three major modules: the first includes the conceptual framework of the inabilities regime, concept, scope, characteristics, principles, and sources. The second comprises the jurisprudential analysis of the grounds for the most problematic inabilities at the territorial level; and lastly, the electoral justice model based on inabilities and incompatibilities grounds.

The objective is to train citizens wishing to run for office in the October 2019 elections and directors of authorized political parties to grant guarantees on the regional level, in the inabilities regime.

Specific objectives

* Know and understand the existing regulatory framework

* Identify the jurisprudence lines and the main variations

* Identify and learn about the opportunity and scope of the inabilities regime control mechanisms.


Subject / Topics Time Schedule
First module

Inabilities regime conceptual framework

a. Inability and the right to passive suffrage  




5 hours





8:00 am to 1:00 pm

b. Background and concept
c. Characteristics and types
d. Principles of interpretation
Second module

Jurisprudential analysis

a. The exercise of authority (political, civil, administrative, and military), of those aspiring to become candidates or their relatives  




12 hours




2:00 pm to 7:00 pm



8:00 am to 1:00 pm

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


b. Signing of contracts
c. Inabilities’ temporal scope at the territorial level
d. Double militancy
Third module

Control of inabilities in Colombia

a. Revocation of registration  



8 hours





Time: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm



8:00 am to 1:00 pm

b. Electoral annulment action
c. Loss of investiture
d. Administrative controls in the light of the Inter-American Convention on Human Rights


Pedro Pablo Vanegas Gil

Externado de Colombia University Law graduate. He completed an advanced course on integration and unification of the Law in the Roman legal system at the University Degli Studi Di Roma Tor Vergata (Italy), as well as a course in Human Rights and Democracy at the University of Coimbra (Portugal). He holds a Specialization in Public Law and a Law PhD from the Externado de Colombia University. His publications include “Las candidaturas en el Derecho electoral colombiano,” ed. Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá, 2009; “Estudios de Derecho electoral,” ed. Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá, 2008; “Algunas Reflexiones en torno de las alianzas electorales,” in Revista Zero, ed. Universidad Externado de Colombia, volume 19, Bogotá, 2007; “La libertad de sufragio en la jurisprudencia de tutela de la Corte Constitucional,” in IV Jornadas de Derecho Constitucional y Administrativo, ed. Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá, 2004, among others.

Carolina Rico Marulanda

Externado de Colombia University Law graduate, with a specialization in Public Law from the same University. She holds a Master’s in Parliamentary Law, Elections and Legislative Studies from the Complutense University of Madrid. Her publications include “Inhibición en el control de constitucionalidad de las leyes por vía de acción pública de inconstitucionalidad,” ed. Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá, 2006; “El concepto de inhabilidad en el ordenamiento jurídico colombiano” in the Journal Centro de Estudios Políticos of the Ministry of the Interior, No. 5, Bogotá 2011, and “Las candidaturas independientes en el ordenamiento jurídico colombiano. ¿Realidad o ficción?” in “¿El Estado Constitucional en Jaque? Los retos del componente democrático,” Bogotá, Universidad Externado de Colombia – October 2018.

Carlos Eduardo Gechem Sarmiento

Externado de Colombia University Law graduate. He completed certifications in International Public Law at the International Law Academy in The Hague; Constitutional Law at the International Academy of Constitutional Law, and Methodology and Argumentation at the City Hall in Paris. He holds a Master’s in Political Science from the University Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I), and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the same university. His publications include “El congreso colombiano a partir de 1991,” ed. Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogotá, 2005; “La Reforma Política,” in the Derecho del Estado Journal, ed. Universidad Externado de Colombia, volume 16, Bogotá, 2004, among others.

Floralba Padrón Pardo

Has a specialization in Constitutional and Parliamentarian Law from the Autonomous University of Madrid. Also, is a University specialist in Legal Argumentation in the area of Philosophy of Law from the University of Alicante, Valencia, Spain. Also, holds a PhD in Constitution and

Fundamental Rights in Europe, coordinated by the Constitutional Law area of the State Legal Studies Department of the University of Alicante. Her publications include “El fortalecimiento de los partidos políticos: ¿una tarea pendiente?” in: Stefan Jost (Ed.) “20 años de la Constitución Colombiana. Logros retrocesos y agenda pendiente, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Bogotá, 2012; “El concepto y función de las bancadas. Las transformaciones de la representación política.” Bogotá, Universidad Externado de Colombia – 2015.

The University will award a certificate of attendance to participants attending a minimum of 80% of the scheduled hours.

Note: The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone the course, according to the response obtained.

Course Cost: Nine hundred-fifty thousand Pesos (950, 000).