Diana Isabel Güiza-Gómez
Peace Studies & Political Science
Diana Isabel Güiza-Gómez (peace studies and political science) is a lawyer who holds an LLM from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She is pursuing a joint Ph.D. in peace studies and political science at the University of Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. She is also a doctoral student affiliate of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Diana Isabel is a Fulbright-Colciencias grantee (2019 to 2023), a Presidential Fellow (2019 to 2024), and was awarded a Darby Fellowship for the 2019 to 2020 academic year.
Her research agenda explores the interactions amongst constitution-making, peacebuilding, and broad political inclusion in transitional societies. Specifically, she plans to study how post-conflict constitution-building and political inclusion transform the initial peace agreement forged by political elites into long-lasting normative commitments and a stable broad-based participatory political system in deeply divided societies, such as Colombia.
She used to work as a researcher at the Center for the Study of Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia) where she conducted academic studies on the Colombian peace process between the Colombian state and FARC-EP, as well as the economic, social and cultural rights of peasant farmers (campesinos). Concurrently, she was an occasional lecturer in the Faculty of Law, Political and Social Sciences at Universidad Nacional de Colombia in the areas of legal research, Latin American constitutionalism, constitutional interpretation, and constitutional theory. Diana Isabel's publications include peer-reviewed articles, chapters of books, and two books, including Correcting or distributing to transform? A conception of justice for the Colombian Land Restitución Program (2017).
Güiza-Gómez, Diana Isabel, Bautista-Revelo, Ana Jimena, Malagón-Pérez, Ana María, and Uprimny-Yepes, Rodrigo. 2020. The Constitution of the Peasantry. Struggles for Recognition and Redistribution in the Legal Field [La Constitución del Campesinado. Luchas por Reconocimiento y Redistribución en el Campo Jurídico]. Bogotá: Dejusticia.
Güiza-Gómez, Diana Isabel, Santamaría-Chavarro, Camila Andrea, and Uprimny-Yepes, Rodrigo. 2020. "Colombia's Fuerza Pública (Security Forces) in The Special Jurisdiction for Peace: Special Treatment or Preferential Treatment?," in Jus Post Bellum. Restraint, Stabilisation, and Peace, edited by Patrick Leiden, 252-280. Brill | Nijhoff.
Güiza-Gómez, Diana Isabel and Saffon-Sanín, María Paula. “Colombia en 2018: entre el fracaso de la paz y el inicio de la política programática/Colombia in 2018: between the failure of peace and the beginning of programmatic politics.” Revista de Ciencia Política, Vol. 39, No. 2, 2019, pp. 217-237.
Director of Doctoral Studies
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