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I am Hunter Carter, a lawyer in New York City handling litigation and arbitration of corporate, commercial, and real and intellectual property cases, with a passion for Colombia. (I am also a partner at the law firm of Arent Fox LLP - here’s my bio.)

This site is a place where I share news, research and analyses about law and business issues in Colombia, in order to disseminate information and analysis and stimulate dialogue. Please see disclaimers: Copyright-protected, this site is personal, the views are my own, my views are not legal advice, and this site is a platform to exchange ideas, not an advertisement for clients.

Celebrating 50,000 views!

This blog just passed its 50,000th page view, on September 11, 2013. Thanks to all of you for your interest and support.

The New Colombia: Financial Times Coverage and Popular Concerns

John Paul Rathbone at the Financial Times, an astute student of Colombia, shared a link today to an e-book version of FT’s reporting “The New Colombia.” Here are my observations (also available at FT’s Facebook discussion) about the issues addressed in the e-book about where Colombia is – at a difficult crossroads.

Constitutional Court Re-Affirms Clarity of Its Ruling Allowing Same-Sex Marriage and Rebukes Procurador General

Colombia Senate rejected marriage equality bill, 17-51, closed vote before all senators voted.

Stereotypes and Dogma Dominate Colombian Senate Debate on Marriage Equality

The debate over marriage equality for same sex couples raged in the Colombian Senate yesterday for the second day in less than a week. A vote is due today.

On the same day the French National Assembly gave its final approval to marriage equality, and after a week that saw New Zealand, Uruguay, and Rio de Janeiro state in Brazil do the same, Colombia is going in the other direction. Supporters appear to be outnumbered by opponents, although a significant number of Senators are officially undecided from parties on both sides of the issue.

Opponents relied principally on religious principles, stereotypes, and the tradition of excluding same-sex couples from equality, while arguing that they represent the interests of children who have a right to be raised by idealized heterosexual couples, ignoring the scientific consensus of sociologists, medical, and therapeutic professionals that sexual orientation has nothing to do with the quality of parenting. MORE

Estereotipos y Dogma Religiosa Dominan Al Debate De Matrimonio Igualitario En El Senado Colombiano

El debate sobre matrimonio igualitario para parejas del mismo sexo rabiado en el Senado colombiano ayer por segundo día en menos de una semana. Un voto es por hoy.

El mismo día, la Asamblea Nacional de Francia dio su aprobación final a matrimonio igualitario, y después de una semana que vio a Nueva Zelanda, Uruguay y el estado de Río de Janeiro en Brasil haciendo lo mismo, Colombia va en la otra dirección. Los partidarios parecen ser superados en número por los opositores, aunque un número importante de Senadores que están oficialmente indeciso son de partes en ambos lados de la cuestión.

Los opositores se basó principalmente en los dogmas religiosas, estereotipos, y la tradición de excluir a las parejas del mismo sexo la igualdad, mientras que argumentaron de que representaran a los intereses de los niños que tienen derecho a ser criados por parejas heterosexuales idealizadas, ignorando al consenso científico de los sociólogos, médicos y los profesionales terapéuticos que la orientación sexual no tiene nada que ver con la calidad de la crianza de los niños. LEER MÁS

Matrimonio Es Un Derecho Humano – Informe Al Senado Colombiano

Ver mi informe al Senado de Colombia antes de su debate el Martes 23 de Abril 2013 con respecto al matrimonio igualitario.

Marriage Equality Debate In Colombia – What You Need To Know. (Version Español)

UPDATE: The Colombian Senate will vote Tuesday, April 23, on a proposed law to give same-sex couples equal legal marriage rights (“marriage equality”). The debate began on April 17, but was adjourned because the Congressional TV channel had to switch to the House of Representatives and Senators favored having the historic discussion on live national TV.

Marriage Equality: What Colombian Legal and Business Leaders need to know.

Former Senate President Armando Benedetti invited me to address the full Senate and explain why equal access to civil marriage is a human right protected by international human rights guarantees. For the debate that day I published this report. Earlier this year I delivered a similar report, below, to leaders in Chile.

Informe al Senado de Chile y el Instituto Chileno de Derechos Humanos

Mi discurso, pronunciado a miembros del senado de Chile y el Instituto Chileno de Derechos Humanos: porque alegamos en la CIDH contra Chile que el matrimonio igualitario es un derecho humano

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Clayton C. Steele permalink
    April 1, 2009 3:57 am

    I look forward to faithfully following what promises to be a very useful resource. Thank you for creating this blog.

  2. RICK DAVIS permalink
    July 18, 2009 3:54 am

    Thanks for posting this article of great interest. It appears that the climate of change favors the business climate. I shall subscribe via RSS.

  3. October 27, 2009 6:26 pm

    Hunter, I propose we do a blog roll exchange, you’re coverage of Colombia is outstanding… http://www.nearshoreamericas.com

    • Hunter Carter permalink*
      October 27, 2009 7:22 pm

      Kirk, Thanks for your kind words. I have posted a link to Near Shore Americas on my Blogroll. It looks very interesting and quite relevant to what I write about here. (Other bloggers are invited to exchange blogrolls too.) Thanks for your interest.
      Hunter

  4. December 13, 2009 5:25 am

    Eh!. Gracias, esto me ayud un montn! En realidad, estoy investigando sobre este tema desde hace cinco das, pero vi que no estaba en condiciones de encontrar buena informacin, encontr algunos sitios que son tiles pero no pudo encontrar toda la informacin detallada, por lo que hay que reconocer a cualquier sitio web que tiene otras respuestas claras? Please e mail me.

  5. Antonio Ocasio permalink
    May 10, 2010 7:16 pm

    Hunter,

    Very informative and well-researched. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise.

    Tony

    • May 10, 2010 10:35 pm

      I am glad you find it useful and hope you will subscribe and return frequently. Let me know what else might be interesting to study. I have several projects in the drafting stage, including more on OFAC, the “Affaire Chiquita” and Foreign Corrupt Practices, the new LAVCA private equity survey, private equity issues and advantages in Colombia, the Sindicato Colombiano, more on IFC projects….

  6. Steve Kahaner permalink
    May 22, 2010 2:33 am

    Great post Hunter, and congratulations on your appointment as incoming Chair of the Committee on Inter-American Affairs of the New York City Bar. I have no doubt that the Committee will benefit greatly from your leadership.

  7. Roberto permalink
    November 15, 2010 6:59 pm

    Hunter,

    Very nice blog, congrats. I came across it when I was researching FCPA issues.

    Saludos,

    Roberto

  8. July 7, 2011 4:49 am

    good source of information … I’m like reading different blogs in just one page…

  9. September 11, 2011 2:33 pm

    I have reviewed your Law Firm Blog. You gave me lots of important law information. I will apply this topic in my firm. I have enjoyed reading it.
    Thanks
    Watson
    “ Chad Wuertz”

  10. October 8, 2011 10:21 pm

    This is an excellent source of information many thanks

  11. March 27, 2012 2:02 am

    Thanks for making us all aware of this useful knowledge in a well organized manner.
    This post is so informative ….Keep posting!!!!

  12. Fabs permalink
    December 28, 2012 5:44 am

    Hunter, what an excellent and profecional job, appreciate
    that, Colombia its a grat country. And its getting better. Well
    step by step i guess. Thank ya again for sharing ya useful
    knowledge.

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