Investigadores Ingles

The Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law (Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho, CEDD) brings together researchers from nine Latin American countries with the goal of analyzing the impact of criminal law and legal practice surrounding illicit drugs.

Imágen Investigador

Raúl Alejandro Corda 

Raúl Alejandro Corda received a law degree from de University of Buenos Aires (UBA) in 1998. He is now a teacher and researcher at the UBA. Since 1993, he has worked in the national judiciary, and has been a court secretary in the Federal Criminal Jurisdiction since 2001. Corda is a member of Intercambios Asociación Civil, an NGO that works on drug policy issues. He has wrotte different articles about drug policy. He also has worked for the program “Legislation on Drugs in the Americas” from the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of the Americas State (OAS).

Publications Argentina

Systems Overload: Drug Laws and Prisons in Latin America. Chapter Argentina
Reformas a las leyes de drogas. Leyes de drogas y cárceles en América Latina.
Sistemas desproporcionados: Desproporción y costos económicos, institucionales y
humanos sobre estupefacientes en Argentina.

The human cost of the drug policies in Argentina.
• Personas que usan estupefacientes en Argentina. Una matriz “prohibicionista-abstencionista”.

Imágen Investigadora

Gloria Rose Marie de Achá 

Gloria Rose Marie de Achá is a Bolivian lawyer. She is a member of both the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights and the advocacy organisation Acción Andina. She has been working for over 15 years on drug policy, public security policy, human rights and the rights of children and adolescents. She has also worked in prisons and with groups of children who live and work in the streets. She has published many articles, reports and briefings. She was responsible for the Coca, Drugs and Development section of the Centre for Documentation and Information in Bolivia. She worked as a researcher at the Citizens’ Ombudsman office and as a legal advisor to the Deputy Minister of Children and Youth. Currently she coordinates a Latin American program on Juvenile Justice  for Defence for Children International (DCI).

Publications Bolivia 

Systems Overload: Drug Laws and Prisons in Latin America. Chapter Bolivia
Reformas a las leyes de drogas. Leyes de drogas y cárceles en América Latina. Documento de Trabajo Bolivia.
Desproporcionalidad en el sistema penal antidrogas boliviano.
The human cost of the drug policies in Bolivia.
Consumo y consumidores de drogas en Bolivia.

Imágen Investigadora

Luciana Chernicharo 

Luciana Boiteux de Figueiredo Rodrigues received her Law Degree and Master’s Degree from the State University of Rio de Janeiro. She holds a Doctorate in Criminal Law from the University of São Paulo, and since 2007 is an Associate Professor in Criminal Law at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she coordinates a Research Group on Drug Policy and Human Rights at the Human Rights Laboratory. Her research interests include drug policy and international human rights treaties, with a focus on the relation between drug laws, penitentiary systems, and sentencing in criminal cases involving illicit drugs. She is also a member of many advisory boards of NGO’s and professional societies in Brazil.

Imágen Investigador

João Pedro Padua 

João Pedro Chaves Valladares Pádua is a criminal lawyer with a master’s degree in Constitutional Law and State Theory from the PUC University in Rio de Janeiro. He is currently a PhD candidate in Language Studies at the same university and a professor of Penal Procedure law at the Federal University of Niteroi (UFF), in the Rio de Janeiro State. He is also the Executive Director of Legal Affairs of the NGO Psicotropicus-Brazilian Center for Drug Policy and a member of “CEDD – Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Democracia.

Publications Brasil

Systems Overload: Drug Laws and Prisons in Latin America. Chapter Brazil.
• Drug Law Reform. Drogas e Cárcere: a repressão às drogas e o aumento da população penitenciária brasileir. Working document Brazil.
The human cost of the drug policies in Brazil.
Respuestas estatales al consumidor de drogas ilícitas en Brasil: Un análisis crítico de las políticas públicas (penales y civiles para los consumidores).

Imágen Investigador

Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes 

Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes is a Colombian lawyer who holds a Ph. D. in Political Economy from the University of Amiens Picardie, a DSU (Master’s Degree) in Sociology of Law from the University of Paris II, and a DEA (Master’s Degree) in Social Economy of Development from the University of Paris I (IEDES).  He is currently the director of the Center for the Study of Law, Justice, and Society (Dejusticia), and a professor of constitutional law, human rights, and theory of the state at the National University of Colombia.  He was an auxiliary magistrate of the Constitutional Court.  He has written many articles on human rights, constitutional law, drug trafficking, and drug policy.

Imágen Investigador

Ernesto Cortés 
Costa Rica

Social Anthropologist from University of Costa Rica (UCR), Master’s degree on Criminology with emphasis on Human Security form University for international Cooperation (UCI) and Master’s degree on Mental Health from University Miguel Hernandez (UHM). At the moment he is the Executive Director of the Costa Rican Association on Drug Studies and Interventions (ACEID), professor at the Interdisciplinary Masters on Drug Dependence from the Pharmacy Faculty at the University of Costa Rica (UCR). Representative from the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) and for the Latin American Network of People who Use Drugs (LANPUD).

Imágen Investigador

Jorge Vicente Paladines 

Bachelor’s in Law (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Guayaquil; Master in Constitutional Law – Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar (UASB); MA in Political Science – Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO – Ecuador). Faculty member at Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar UASB and the Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales (IAEN). Professor of Criminal Systems, Social Control and Human Rights, political philosophy, Theory of Democracy, Constitutional Law, Public Safety, Criminal and Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Enforcement, Criminology and Criminal Policy.


He has published dozens of articles and is author of : “Constitutional Criminal Law: Some Reflections on the criminal matter” (2010) and “The (in) security of Punitive Power: 7 critical citizens” (2011, forthcoming). He served as Assistant Secretary of Policy Development at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights (2010), where he worked in the construction of several pieces of legislation, including the Judicial Function Code, the Organic Law of Jurisdictional Guarantees and Constitutional Control, the Cooperation and Coordination Law between the ordinary justice system and the Indigenous Justice system, amongst others. He is currently Advisor to the Commission of Justice and Structure of the State at the National Assembly of the Republic of Ecuador.

Publications Ecuador

Systems Overload: Drug Laws and Prisons in Latin America. Chapter Ecuador
Drug Law Reform. Drug Laws and Prisons in Latin America. Working document Ecuador
La desproporcionalidad de la ley y la justicia antidrogas en Ecuador.
Entre el control social y los derechos humanos: Los retos de la política y la legislación de drogas.
El costo humano de la política de drogas en Ecuador.
La respuesta sanitaria frente al uso ilícito de drogas en Ecuador.

Imágen Investigadora

Catalina Pérez Correa 

Catalina Pérez Correa recieved her Law Degree from the Instituto Teconológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), her master’s degree (JSM) from the Stanford Programme in International Legal Studies (SPILS) at the Stanford University Law School in California and her doctorate (JSD) also from the Stanford University Law School. During her doctorate she studied mexican criminal procedure from an empirical and interdisciplinary perspective, focusing primarily on the study of criminal prosecution and investigation practices in Mexico City.

She currently works at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, CIDE. Her research focuses on the study of legal procedures and practices from a sociological and anthropological perspectives, specializing in the functioning of the criminal justice system; the justifications for and enforcement of criminal punishment (namely prisons) and the relation of criminal punishment with legitimacy and compliance.

Imágen Investigador

Ricardo Soberón Garrido 

Ricardo Soberón Garrido is a Peruvian lawyer. He is one of the founders and the former director of the Drugs and Human Rights Research Center (Centro de Investigación “Drogas y Derechos Humanos”) in Lima. He holds a Masters in International Relations from the Peace Studies Department of the University of Bradford in England. He is a university professor, and an analyst and consultant on drug policy and drug control issues in the Andean region, as well as on border and security issues. He is also an advisor to rural coca-producer organizations. Soberón is the author of numerous books and articles about drugs, justice, and border issues. On August 5, 2011, he was appointed to head the national drug control commission, Comisión Nacional para el Desarrollo y Vida sin Drogas (Devida). In January 2012, while questioning ineffective all-out coca crop eradication efforts that put him at odds with the Cabinet chief and prompted concern by the U.S. Embassy, he was replaced after a government reshuffle.

Publications Peru

Sistemas Sobrecargados: Leyes de drogas y cárceles en América Latina capítulo Perú.
Reformas a las leyes de drogas. Leyes de drogas y cárceles en América Latina.  Documento de Trabajo Perú.
El principio de proporcionalidad en los procesos por Tráfico Ilícito de Drogas en el Perú.
Los usuarios de drogas en el Perú. Políticas, derechos y problemas.

Imágen Investigadora

Gianella Bardazano 

Gianella  Bardazano is an Associate Professor G.4 in Philosophy of Law and General Theory of Law at the Law Faculty of the University of the Republic (Uruguay). Lawyer. Studying her masters in Contemporary Philosophy. Doctor of law. Member of the Institute for Legal and Social Studies of Uruguay (IELSUR).

Publications Uruguay

• Systems Overload: Drug Laws and Prisons in Latin America. Chapter Uruguay
Reformas a las leyes de drogas. Leyes de drogas y cárceles en América Latina.

The human cost of the drug policies in Uruguay.
Respuestas estatales a los usuarios de sustancias psicoactivas en Uruguay:entre la alternativa y la profundización de la guerra contra las drogas.

Senior Advisors

Imágen Investigadora

Coletta Youngers 
United States

Coletta Youngers is a leading expert on international drug control policy and drug policy related developments in Latin America. She has over twenty years experience working for the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) on human rights and political developments in the Andean Region and U.S. foreign policy toward the Andes. Presently, Ms. Youngers is a Senior Fellow and consultant with WOLA’s drug policy reform project and is also an independent consultant and Representative for the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC). She is co-editor of Drugs and Democracy in Latin America: The Impact of U.S. Policy (2004). Prior to joining WOLA in 1987, Ms. Youngers was a project manager at Catholic Relief Services and on the editorial staff of Latinamerica Press/Noticias Aliadas, both in Lima, Peru.

Imágen Investigadora

Pien Metaal 

Pien Metaal is a researcher and the coordinator of the Latin America drug law reform project with TNI. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science and International Relations from the  University of Amsterdam. She has been a member of the Transnational Institute’s Drugs and Democracy team since 2002, though her participation with the Programme dates further back.

She lived in Latin America for several years, spending most of that time in the Andean region. During those years, she dedicated most of her time and energy to research, development and implementation of drug policy. Her area of expertise are issues related to drugs and development,  coca and cocaine, and drugs and conflict. She has a long-standing experience in working with local and international experts, policy makers and NGOs.  She has written numerous articles, and contributed to various books and publications on the drug policy in Latin America since 1996.

Imágen Investigador

Sergio Chaparro 

Economist, philosopher and Master in Law at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He has worked as a professor of labor economics, consultant at the Colombian Center of Historical Memory, the National Union School and the Ombudsman´s Office. Sergio has also worked as a political adviser in the Bogota Council and Congress. His research experience has focused on issues of decent work, transitional justice, rural development and construction of indicators with human rights approach. In Dejusticia he works as a principal researcher on drug policy, social rights and quantitative support to other areas.

Publications Colombia

Systems Overload: Drug Laws and Prisons in Latin America. Chapter Colombia.
Reformas a las leyes de drogas. Leyes de drogas y cárceles en América Latina. Documentode Trabajo Colombia.
Addicted to punishment: The disproportionality of drug laws in Latin America.
Drug Courts: Scope and challenges of an alternative to incarceration.
The human cost of the drug policies in Colombia.
Penas alucinantes. La desproporción de la penalización de drogas en Colombia.
• Políticas de drogas frente al consumo en Colombia: análisis desde una perspectiva de derechos humanos.

Publicado por: CEDD