Marcela Duque

International Counsel

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Marcela Duque, Justice is Marcela Duque’s middle name. Actually, it’s not. But it should be because this multidisciplinary attorney puts the humanity in human rights law and will stop at nothing to bring justice to those in need. Her practice focuses on advising and representing public and private entities in the human rights arena of international law, and she does it with equal parts balance and swagger. Marcela is the perfect mix of old-school tradition (she’s famous for her pen-and-paper notetaking) and fresh-perspective problem solving.

Marcela is fluent in Spanish and English and knows her way around French, so her special brand of justice is totally tri-lingual. After doing her part to save the world, she dreams of retiring to a lavender and olive field where she’ll do nothing but write letters and listen to Johnny Cash.

Marcela’s career has led her all over the globe. She worked at the Ministry of Justice in Colombia where she advised Congress, implemented public policy for peace agreements with the paramilitary, and responded to OECD requirements regarding the Anti-Bribery Convention. Later, she led microfinance and empowerment efforts to create career and reproductive health opportunities for young girls in Arusha, Tanzania. Most recently before joining Disan, she was a consultant in Mexico City where she counseled clients on human rights, transitional justice and social impact analysis.


At a Glance:


LLM Columbia Law School, New York
Abogado (JD equivalent), Universidad de los Andes, Colombia


Republic of Colombia

Rankings & Awards

Harlan Fiske Stone Prize, Columbia Law School

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