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Natalia Rodrigues Uribe

Natalia Rodríguez Uribe

LLB (Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá - Colombia), Master in International Environmental Law (Macquarie University, Sydney - Australia), LLM/Environmental Law (Macquarie University, Sydney - Australia)


Natalia Rodríguez Uribe completed her LLB in her native Bogotá and then worked as a barrister and solicitor. In 2008, she left her home country to pursue her master degree in International Environmental Law and LLM at Macquarie University. In 2010, she was awarded the highly competitive IPRS scholarship from the Australian Government to undertake her PhD studies. Her higher degree research focused on the collision between biodiversity conservation and the protection of the human rights of Indigenous peoples.

Today, Natalia holds the position of Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences of Universidad Icesi in Cali - Colombia, teaching International Public Law, Environmental Law, and Foundations of Constitutional Law.

Teaching responsibilities at Macquarie University

During her time at Macquarie University, Natalia was engaged in the following courses:
LAW510/855 - Environmental Law and Sustainable Development (Tutor)
LAW459 - International Law (Tutor)
LAW109 - Criminal Justice and Procedure (Tutor)
LAW579 - Health Law and Ethics (Marker)
LAW 1, Foundations Programme (Lecturer in Charge), Macquarie City Campus

Thesis Title

Collective Legal Autonomy Concerning Traditional Ecological Knowledge: The Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Their Linkages to Biodiversity Conservation in Colombia and Australia

Thesis Abstract

Natalia's thesis compares the legal status of biodiversity conservation and the recognition of Indigenous peoples' human rights in Colombia and Australia. It argues that these areas are legally protected interests that have to reach a Pareto optimal balance. It aims to verify if legal approaches that provide more mechanisms for Indigenous peoples to freely use their traditional ecological knowledge, either constitutional or by implementing relevant international treaties, can maximise biodiversity protection outcomes. The models of fortress and community-based conservation are critically evaluated, and an alternative solution based on human rights is proposed: collective legal autonomy concerning traditional ecological knowledge.


Principal Supervisor:  Associate Professor Carlos Bernal Pulido
Associate Supervisor:  Associate Professor Shawkat Alam


  • Forthcoming 2014: Natalia Rodríguez-Uribe, 'Les droits collectifs fondamentales comme expression de multiculturalisme: Développement constitutionnel en Colombie' in Droits des peoples indigènes et pluralité culturelle en Amérique Latine, Éditeur: Professeur Arnaud Martin, Université Montesquieu - Bordeaux
  • 2013: Natalia Rodríguez Uribe & Daniela Rodríguez Uribe, 'Nuevas voces indígenas: Salvaguardia del patrimonio inmaterial en Colombia y reafirmación de los derechos culturales' (2013) 18(1) Letras Jurídicas 161-195 Medellín, Colombia. ISSN: 0122-7564
  • 2012: N Rodríguez-Uribe & D Rodríguez Uribe, 'Emerging Indigenous Voices : Safeguarding Intangible Heritage in Colombia and the Reaffirmation of Cultural Rights' in Rogério Amoêda, Sérgio Lira & Cristina Pinheiro (eds), Heritage 2012, Proceeding of the 3rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, volume 2 (Barcelos, Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development, 2012) 1569-1479. ISBN: 978-989-9571-9-1
  • 2010: Natalia Rodríguez Uribe, 'Dispute Resolution and "Environmental" Provisions in the WTO: Promising Developments for Environmental Matters' (2010) 3(I) Anuario Colombiano de Derecho Internacional 161-193. ISSN: 2027-1131
  • 2009: Julio Betancur, Cristina Uribe, Natalia Rodríguez, Germán Cediel, Caño Limón: Canto al Aire (Bogotá, Cristina Uribe Ediciones, 2009). ISBN: 978-958-98410-1-3
  • 2008: Julio Betancur, Cristina Uribe, Natalia Rodríguez, Germán Cediel, Caño Limón: Canto a la Tierra (Bogotá, Cristina Uribe Ediciones, 2008). ISBN: 978-958-98410-0-6
  • 2007: David Bonnells, Cristina Uribe, Natalia Rodríguez, Germán Cediel, Norte de Santander: Cien Años (Bogotá, Cristina Uribe Ediciones, 2007). ISBN: 978-958-97981-9-5
  • 2004: Enrique Serrano, Juan Esteban Constaín, Cristina Uribe, Natalia Rodríguez, Vicente Uribe, Colombia, Tierras y Gente (Bogotá, Cristina Uribe Ediciones, 2004). ISBN: 958-95439-7-9

Conferences and Research

  • 2012: Heritage 2012. 3rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, June 2012, Porto, Portugal, Organised by Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development. Paper presented: Emerging Indigenous Voices: Safeguarding Intangible Heritage in Colombia and the Reaffirmation of Cultural Rights
  • 2011: Sharing Power Conference, January 2011, Whakatane, New Zealand, Organised by CEESP-IUCN. Paper presented: Self-Determination and Public Participation, A Study of the Empowerment of Colombian Indigenous Peoples
  • 2010: HDR Arts Conference, November 2010, Macquarie University, Organised by the Arts Faculty of Macquarie University. Paper presented: Heritage Protection and the Right of Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples, A Comparative Study of Legal Developments in Australia and Colombia
  • 2009: LLM Thesis (Supervisor: Mrs Judith Preston): The Interaction between Environmental Law and Mining Development in Colombia: A Case Study in Corporate Social Responsibility
  • 2009: Research Assistant for Dr Erika Techera and Ms Leanne Denby, Collaborative Priority Grants, Project Title: 'Sustainability in Action: Study Tour Kit of Macquarie University Sustainability Projects'. Faculty of Arts Learning and Teaching Grants and Fellowship Schemes
  • Feb.- Aug. 2009: Internship Total Environment Centre. Research in the feasibility of implementing more stringent regulations in Australia for the prevention of "greenwash" (use of vague terms such as 'environmentally friendly' to cover a company's performance, in order to mislead consumers). A comparative analysis was made between the current legislation on the subject in Australia, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Norway, as well as a review of case studies both in Australia and overseas. This internship was undertaken for the Macquarie University unit LAW 879.
  • 2008: Volunteer Research Assistant, Professors Michael Jeffery and Donna Craig, Macquarie University
  • 2004: Undergraduate LLB Thesis, Law, co-authored with Laura Moreno: Cultivos Ilícitos y Conservación: Un estudio de las áreas protegidas en Colombia. (English title: Illicit Crops and Conservation: A Study of Protected Areas in Colombia)

Grants, Awards and Recognition

  • 2012: PGRF Grant (Postgraduate Research Fund): The application also received the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Commendation for Excellency, given to the two top applicants from the Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University.
  • 2010: Higher Degree Research Excellence Prize: Awarded annually by the Macquarie University's Alumni to the two top ranked alumni scholarship applicants in the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and Endeavour International Postgraduate Research-Scholarship (EIPRS) rounds, respectively. (Best EIPRS 2009).
  • 2009: Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship EIPRS - Maquarie Research Excellence Scholarship MQRES: Received both scholarships for the study her PhD at Macquarie Law School
  •  2009: Vice-Chancellor Commendation for Academic Excellency: Awarded for the results achieved in the Master of International Environmental Law (Top 15%).
  • 2001: Phoenix Institute Partial Scholarship: Received for studying a Four-Week summer programme in the University of Notre Dame, South-Bend, Indiana.