Law's Place / El Derecho en Su Lugar

A Podcast about Law & Geography / Un Podcast sobre Derecho & Geografía

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This podcast was launched in October 2019, in Spanish, as El Derecho en su Lugar, or Law in its Place, or Law´s Place. Our objective was to explore the various intersections between law and geography by recording conversations with scholars and activists who worked somewhere near or across that disciplinary divide. Our objective was also to do so in Spanish, in order to both explore work done by Colombian and other Latin American scholars and to further promote this interdisciplinary approach to law and to geography in the region. It was not that hard to get a significant number of people lined up, and at least in Colombia "law and geography" seems to be thriving, even if it does not always identify itself as such. Our approach was informal and we very self consciously sought to develop a law & geography vocabulary in a dialogical way: Casting aside any need for definition we aimed to open up conceptual spaces even as we remained rooted in a critical approach to legal scholarship as well as connected to the social sciences and the humanities, where the Spatial Turn first occurred, long before legal scholars began to get interested.

The Pandemic did its confinement thing, but it turned out to be relatively easy to continue our work. In some ways it was even easier. No longer did we need to struggle to make agenda´s meet, and Bogotá´s infamous traffic was no longer an impediment. We also became aware that we could reach out to anybody anywhere. More importantly, especially in the early days of the Pandemic, there was an intense flurry of intellectual energy, as people around the world saw their spatial imaginary upended and legal and political perspectives shattered. And, even as a sense, perhaps false, of discouragement set in after that early excitement, we could still see that there was, and still is, a lot that we need to process, exactly along the lines where the legal or the institutional and the spatial meet... And so, Law´s Place was born, to seek out intellectually adventurous scholars and activists, and to engage with them, so we may explore new spatial imaginaries as they unfold.

You may follow both podcasts on social media (see below) or come back to visit this site. Our approach is instilled not merely by a desire to offer an ongoing conversation that is connected to events as they happen, but also as the ongoing construction of a digital archive, making the traces of scholarly work, and our conversations about them, available on a more or less permanent basis.

This website and the podcasts are part of an ongoing research and teaching effort by Juan M. Amaya-Castro, and Daniela Palacio Rodriguez.

Though we are based in Bogotá (Colombia), at the School of Law of the Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá (Colombia), we aim to connect with others, in the country and in the region, and now also beyond. Please contact us. We will love to hear from you. A contact form can be found below.

You can listen to our two podcasts from this website, in English and in Spanish,

or follow us at the following podcast providers:

El Derecho en su Lugar, our original Spanish-language podcast:

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Law´s Place, our English-language podcast:

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You can find us on Facebook, on Instagram, in Spanish and in English, and follow our Twitter accounts in Spanish, and in English.
  • Funding for this project came from the Fondo de Asistencia a Profesores Asistentes (FAPA), Vice-Rectoría de Investigación, as well as from the Faculty of Law, Universidad de los Andes.
  • Production: Amós Piñeros
  • Music in El Derecho en Su Lugar by Amós Piñeros. Music in the first four episodes was borrowed from Sidestepper´s Más Papaya
  • The music in Law´s Place was composed and performed for this podcast by Leo Castrillo. 
  • Photography: JMAC

Episode 2 - Non-Human Subjects & One Health

In this episode we discuss the legal geography of non-human subjects and the One Health approach to the pandemic with Professor Irus Braverman (SUNY Buffalo). Taking us through her career as one of the most significant scholars within Law & Geography, Professor Braverman guides us through her work with non-human subjects (like trees, zoos and more recently corals), talks with us about the importance of dynamizing established categories such as the Nature/Society binary, and discusses how they operate within law.

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Episode 1 - Militarization and Confinement

The Pandemic has unleashed a myriad of technologies by which governments keep people in social distancing. Confinement however is not new, and in some parts of the world it was actually the old normal... Lina Pinto and Diana Ojeda have written a gripping analysis of how this takes place in the Colombian contexts of war, post-conflict, and the Pandemic.

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Episode 0: Law & Geography in Times of the Pandemic

How did we get to this podcast and where do we want to go with it? It all started in Bogotá, in the year 2019...

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Episodio 8 - Estudios sociales de la ciencia en el Putumayo: Geografía legal, paz territorial y estudios ambientales

Conversamos con Kristina Lyons sobre su trabajo en el Putumayo y la geografía de sus cuencas hídricas, la paz territorial y el rol que tienen los estudios sociales de la ciencia en estos procesos.

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Episodio 7 - Cadenas de producción, comida y afectos: Geografía y derecho internacional

En este episodio hablamos con Miguel Rábago sobre las cadenas de producción relacionadas con la comida en México, los afectos transfronterizos de la misma, y el rol del derecho internacional en su regulación.

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Episodio 6: Geografías Jurídicas de la Salud Pública Global

En este episodio conversamos con René Urueña y Johnattan García sobre la geografía de la salud pública, su relación con la geografía del COVID-19 y las instituciones de salud global. También nos preguntamos por el rol que tienen los Estados en estas dinámicas, por el papel del Derecho Internacional, y por las posibilidades de justicia que existen en un mundo tan desigual como el nuestro.

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Episodio 5: Las ciudades y el cuidado: Trabajo doméstico, planeación urbana y el derecho a la ciudad

En este episodio conversamos con Valentina Montoya Robledo sobre las relaciones entre el cuidado y las ciudades en América Latina.

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Episodio 4: Darle lugar a las tensiones. Suelo/Subsuelo, Jueces y Representación

Maria Carolina Olarte Olarte, vieja amiga del Derecho en su Lugar, co-aventurera en el Derecho y la Geografía, nos enfoca la mirada en el papel de los jueces.

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Episodio 3: Medio ambiente, cajas negras y geografías

Stephania Yate y María Cristina Hernández miran su incipiente trayectoria de doctorado desde la geografía jurídica, y con enfoque al medio ambiente y las cartografías.

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Episodio 2: Resistencia, cartografía comunitaria y formalismos

Maria Angélica Prada & Luís Sánchez, abogada y geográfo, haciendo derecho & geografía sin llamarlos así, hasta que vinieron al Derecho en Su Lugar.

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Episodio 1: De sectas, mantras, derecho y espacio

Nuestra primera interlocutora: Maria Victoria Castro, una pionera Colombiana del Derecho y Geografía, y con mucho más de qué hablar.

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