The president is announcing the names of the candidates he will propose to Congress to elect the vacancy that Carlos Bernal has left since July 2020. The shortlist consists of Paola Meneses, Fernando Grillo and José del Castillo.
President Iván Duque presented the names of who could fill the vacancy left by Carlos Bernal Pulido last July, when he stepped down as a judge of the Constitutional Court. The first president appointed Paola Andrea Meneses Mosquera, Fernando Antonio Grillo and José María del Castillo.
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The first is an attorney from Javeriana University with studies and experience in public and corporate law and, according to the president, with “broad professional recognition and leadership qualities.” He studied at the Carlos III University of Madrid, specialist in constitutional law and political science, at the Madrid Center for Political and Constitutional Studies, and in administrative law at Javeriana University.
He is currently a prosecutor in the organized crime unit since the beginning of this year as part of the new work team that has integrated Attorney General Francisco Barbosa. He also worked as a Superintendent Child Allowance from November 2018 to February 2020 when he entered the investigative agency’s bunker. She was also General Secretary of the National Federation of Departments between August 2015 and February 2018.
As for the second, Grillo, is known to be a lawyer from the Universidad de Los Andes, specializing in Constitutional Law at the Center for Constitutional Studies and Political Science in Madrid, Spain, and Family Law at Externado de Colombia University, respectively. . He is currently Director General of the Administrative Division of the Public Function, a position he has held since October 2018.
“He has more than 30 years of experience in the public sector. Continuous work on constitutional issues related to public service, development and creation of the Administrative Careers Act (Law 909 of 2004). Knowledge of public employment issues, modernization and strengthening of the state ”, said a statement by the presidency. Grillo was also Minister Plenipotentiary of the Colombian Embassy in Ghana between 2013 and 2016.
The other third, Castillo, is an attorney with experience in constitutional and administrative law, “an adviser to multiple public and private entities, particularly in the field of state contracts and litigation before the constitutional and administrative jurisdiction, as well as before the arbitral judge”, declared President Duque. He was Vice Dean of the Law School of Sergio Arboleda University (from which Duque is a graduate) for 17 years and has been Dean of that Faculty since 2008.
The last to enter the Supreme Court – he was appointed by the Council of State – was Jorge Enrique Ibañez, a Conservative remembered in the judicial world as one of the arbitrators who signed the contract of the Ruta del Sol, in which Odebrecht he would be a former government official to keep the award. Ibáñez replaced Luis Guillermo Guerrero, who served his eight-year term as a mantle at that Supreme Court in September 2020.