Constitutionalism and Gender


Constitutionalism and Gender

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Constitutionalism and Gender


*If you are in Colombia $3.211.000 COP

*If you are abroad 842 USD 

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Schedule: Monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m..

*The schedules and modality (virtual or blended) of the courses are subject to modifications according to the provisions of the National and District Government for the management of COVID 19. The dates and times of the sessions can be consulted at

Exploration of the intersections between constitutionalism and gender has considerably evolved and enlarged its reach in recent times. On the one hand, since the mid-1990’s, there has been a large consensus regarding the importance of mainstreaming gender to achieve gender equality. This strategy demands an ample appropriation of gender as an analytical category and a massive production of information to make the category speak in a wide range of legal debates and practices. On the other, the conviction that inherited constitutional texts are profoundly gendered, though not new, has gained center-stage, leading to the emergence of a new sub-field within constitutional law, with an ever-growing body of companion literature. While 20th century constitutions have all clauses prohibiting sex discrimination, which were the basis for pioneering analysis centered on their interpretation and development by courts, current scholarship emphasizes the need to enlarge gender-based scrutiny to many other dimensions of constitutionalism: constitution-making, constitutional design (division of power models, federalism, the declaration of rights, etc.) and constitutional practice (where the performance of the constitutional system with regards specific problems like violence, resource distribution or political status is being tested). This course will provide students an opportunity to familiarize with these debates and collaborate in the task of gender mainstreaming by providing basic tools about the use of gender in constitutional law. It invites students to become familiar with feminist critiques of the constitution, with (successful) feminist legal reforms, with gender-based analysis of institutional choices and with topic-centered debates. It is supported on readings and a set of cases that speak to a global audience, and will hopefully allow for a stimulating, informative and mutually enriching experience in the context of the GLSL Summer School.

Requirements: Have finished or being currently studying an undergraduate degree..

Language: English.

Este curso hace parte del portafolio de materias de pregrado y posgrado de la Universidad  abiertas a todo público.

Al participar en este curso podrás vivir la experiencia Uniandina, acceder a contenidos de calidad, tomar  clases con estudiantes regulares, acceder al sistema de bibliotecas de Uniandes y participar en las actividades culturales que esta Universidad te ofrece.



The course will be taught in eight sessions of four hours a day each, split in two sections with a break in the middle. It will combine theoretical discussions and case studies. Students will be graded on the basis of two separate products:

  1. One three-page reaction paper (50%)
  2. One individual reelaboration of an in-class group assignment (50%). Reaction papers will discuss one of the readings assigned for the course (freely elected by the student) and will be submitted the day before the class for which the reading is assigned. Reaction papers need to be emailed to both professors: Isabel Jaramillo ( and Francisca Pou ( Individual re-workings of in-class group assignments will be completed at the time provided for the final examination


Isabel Cristina Jaramillo

Isabel Cristina Jaramillo Sierra is full professor of law at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá. She holds a lawyer degree from Universidad de los Andes (Cum Laude, 1997) and an SJD from Harvard Law School (LLM waived, 2000, 2007). Her academic work has centered on the question of feminist legal reform: how is it imagined; how is it pursued; how may we think about what is gained and lost in reform. Her books on the reform of abortion law (with Tatiana Alfonso, Mujeres, Cortes y Medios, Bogotá, Universidad de los Andes, 2008) and the influence of family law in producing families, poverty and exclusion (Derecho y Familia en Colombia. Historias de Raza, Sexo y Propiedad, 1580-1990, Bogotá, Universidad de los Andes, 2013) are recognized as critical contributions to the field in Latin America. She has also been consultant to the Colombian government on issues of sexual and reproductive rights, and institutional reform for the transition. In 2015 and 2017 she acted as AD HOC Justice to the Colombian Constitutional Court and the State Council. She was nominated in 2017 to the Colombian Constitutional Court by President Juan Manuel Santos.

Francisca Pou Giménez

Francisca Pou Giménez es profesora titular de Derecho Constitucional en el ITAM y pertenece al Sistema Nacional de Investigadores de México (nivel II). Es doctora y maestra en Derecho por la Universidad de Yale y licenciada en derecho por la Universidad Pompeu Fabra, donde obtuvo también la Suficiencia Investigadora en el marco del Doctorado en Derecho Público. Antes de dedicarse a tiempo completo a la universidad, trabajó como secretaria letrada por casi ocho años en la ponencia del Ministro José Ramón Cossío Díaz en las Suprema Corte de Justicia de México.


Eventualmente la Universidad puede verse obligada, por causas de fuerza mayor a cambiar sus profesores o cancelar el programa. En este caso el participante podrá optar por la devolución de su dinero o reinvertirlo en otro curso de Educación Continua que se ofrezca en ese momento, asumiendo la diferencia si la hubiere.

La apertura y desarrollo del programa estará sujeto al número de inscritos. El Departamento/Facultad (Unidad académica que ofrece el curso) de la Universidad de los Andes se reserva el derecho de admisión dependiendo del perfil académico de los aspirantes.