Ambassador of Colombia and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations based on The Hague, Alvaro Andrés Motta Navas, worked from 2017-2019 as a Co-Judge of the Constitutional Court, Council of State and Supreme Court which is the highest honour designation for a lawyer in Colombia.
Elected by the High Courts to assume the duties of the Magistrate, temporarily, in cases where it is necessary to complete the deciding majority. Additionally, he served from 2011 to 2019 as Arbitrator in the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá as well as “Amicus curiae” in constitutional processes undertaken in Courts in other countries.
Ambassador Motta Navas’ experience has included different positions at the management and advisory level in the Colombian public administration, as well as in the private sector. Through the course of the years, he has worked as a litigation lawyer and legal adviser for several public and private institutions. In addition, he was a consultant for Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), among other important organizations.
Ambassador Motta Navas also has an extensive career in academia, with more than 20 years involved as a law professor in some of the highest ranked universities in Colombia, Latin America and Europe. Ambassador Motta has written numerous publications on legal matters and has experience as Director of the Master and Specialization in Constitutional Law of the Javeriana University (2010-2018), and as Counsellor of the National Council for Accreditation of Higher Education in Colombia.
He holds a PHD in Law by the University of La Laguna, Spain, where he also obtained a Diploma of Advance Studies and Research Sufficiency (D.E.A) in Philosophy of Law, a Master of Political Action and Citizen Participation in the Rule of Law by Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid (ICAM) and the Francisco de Vitoria University (Spain), he completed a Post-Graduate degree in Giuristi d´impresa from the University of Bologna, Italy, and has a Bachelors in Law from the Javeriana University, Colombia with a specialization in Constitutional Law, from the same university.