Jorge González-Jácome

Jorge González-Jácome

Jorge González-Jácome

S.J.D. 2013

Graduate Fellow, Writing Workshop Teaching Assistant

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Justifying the Exception: A Constitutional History of Latin American Theories of Emergency Powers

Since the nineteenth century, Latin American constitutions have included provisions allowing presidents or legislatures to suspend the rule of law in times of crisis. In different periods of time, these emergency powers have become ordinary tools of government not only for military dictatorships but also for democratic regimes around the region. My dissertation work tries to unearth the legal and constitutional theories that Latin American jurists used in order to justify states of exception over long periods of time. These theories were generated in the ‘more prestigious’ countries of the region and then traveled to the ‘less prestigious’ ones.

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • Comparative Law with Professor Duncan Kennedy, Harvard Law School, Overall Faculty Supervisor
  • Jurisprudence with Professor Lewis Sargentich, Harvard Law School
  • Constitutional Theory with Professor Noah Feldman, Harvard Law School
  • Latin American History with Professor James Robinson, Department of Government-Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University.

Additional Research Interests

  • Human Rights
  • Legal Education
  • Law and Humanities
  • Popular Constitutionalism


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Candidate 2009-2013
  • Harvard Law School, LLM Program 2008-2009
  • Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, Magister en Derecho 2006
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia, Abogado 2002

Appointments and Fellowships

  • Harvard Law School, 2009-2010, Graduate Program Fellow, LL.M. Advisor
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana - Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas, 2006-present, Assistant Professor (on leave)

Representative Publications

Additional Information

  • Languages: English and Spanish



Last updated: March 12, 2015

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