Externado Professor awarded two Cum Laude distinctions, at the University of Ottawa (Canada) and the Basque Country (Spain)

Camilo Umaña, Constitutional Law Department Professor, obtained a Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and a Ph.D. in Legal Sociology from the University of the Basque Country, both with the highest distinction.

With the goal to advance research studies in the field of critical Sociology and Criminology, and study the issue of impunity, Camilo Umaña, Professor of the Externado Constitutional Law Department, was awarded Cum Laude distinctions at both at the University of Ottawa and the University of the Basque Country.

“My work intends to provide a clarification of the concept of impunity from a socio-legal perspective, studying a particular type of violations which are State crimes, based on a case study of forced disappearance in the Colombian context. In the end, we were able to provide an impunity conceptualization which the jury found meritorious”, said the Professor.

Umaña highlights the five years of study were highly rewarding for his career, and the experience of pursuing a Ph.D. changed many perspectives of his research. “The experience was highly enriching as I was able to widen my horizon on the topics that interest me. At the same time, I was able to deepen my knowledge of English and French, languages in which the programs were developed,” he added.

The new Doctor has had, for several years,  support from the Externado,  when the then Rector, Fernando Hinestrosa, awarded him a scholarship to pursue a Master’s in Legal Sociology at the  International Institute for the Sociology of LawThe grant was then extended to his doctoral studies.

“In any case, during this time there was no complete disassociation with the University everyday life; on the contrary, I had the opportunity to finish some publications and co-found a legal sociology research group, together with my outstanding colleagues Carolina Vergel and Lina Malagón,” he said.

The group has grown in quantity and quality.  Constitutional Law Department Professors Héctor Vargas, Daniela Díaz, and Valeria Silva have joined the group, consolidating it as a teamwork setting.

The professor-researcher stated that with these doctorates he expects to contribute experience to these legal sociology disciplines, nascent, but quickly growing in Colombia. “I firmly believe that being in the Colombian environment will enrich my perspective. The contribution I can make cannot be understood without the wealth obtained daily in the Externado classrooms, where I have the opportunity to interchange with the national academic community,” he concluded.