Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Nicolás Torres-Echeverry

Nicolás Torres-Echeverry

Researcher, DeJusticia

Nicolás Torres-Echeverry is a researcher at DeJusticia, a Colombian NGO working on strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights in Colombia and across the Global South. Combining academic research and activism, he is currently researching state-building challenges in post-conflict settings, with a focus on the Colombia. Torres-Echeverry holds a bachelor's degree in economics and a J.D. from the University of Los Andes. His research adopts an interdisciplinary approach and combines empirical methods to investigate questions of law and society, political sociology, and law and economics. He is currently enrolled in the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies (SPILS) at Stanford Law School. 

Focusing on post conflict reconstruction in Colombia, Torres-Echeverry's has been researching ways to strengthen municipal institutional capacity in territories where the state is absent and illegal actors control and enforce their own law. He has examined how the states’ presence across territories is distributed and how and why it varies. Torres-Echeverry has constructed indexes of fiscal and judicial capabilities in municipalities and visited a number of these municipalities to do ethnographic work. As a result of this work, he has engaged in different discussion with the National Department of Planning, the Ministry of Justice and the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace to advise public policy on issues of administration of justice. The National Department of Planning has used the judicial index to design public policy in the post conflict setting. 


  1.  Los territories de la paz. La construcción del Estado local en Colombia (“The Territories of Peace. Local State Building in Colombia”, Dejusticia, co-auth, forthcoming 2016)
  2. Torres-Echeverry, N. Economics, politics, peace and inequality: What can we learn from Ruanda? Vice - Pacifista. (In spanish) 2016
  3. Torres-Echeverry, N. Informal justice: a formula to solve conflicts in areas that leave Farc. Vice - Pacifista. (In spanish) 2016
  4. Torres-Echeverry, NAfter conflict, forgiveness will not be the key: Lessons from Sierra Leone. Vice - Pacifista. (In spanish) 2016