Encounters with Human Rights Defenders
Christopher Campbell-Duruflé is a lawyer specialized in international human rights and environmental law. He graduated both in common and civil law from McGill University, Canada, obtained a master's degree from the University of Notre Dame, USA, and is a member of the Quebec Bar. His desire to contribute to social change has led him to work in the fields of Indigenous law and climate law.
He completed legal internships in the State of Oaxaca, Mexico, in San José, Costa Rica, worked with Hutchins Legal, Canada, and was member of Amnesty International Canada’s working group on Indigenous Rights. He articled at the Québec Court of Appeal as law clerk to then Chief Justice of Québec J.J. Michel Robert and participated in the hearings of the Nadege Dorzema et al. v. Dominican Republic case at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights as lawyer for the University of Quebec in Montreal’s International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights. He was also member of the Quebec Youth Parliament, a model parliamentary event, for 6 years.
From February to July 2012, Christopher was lawyer for the Colombia office of Lawyers Without Borders Canada and worked on the collective rights of Indigenous and Afro-Colombian peoples victim of the internal armed conflict. It was during his work in the departments of Nariño, Chocó, Caldas, and Cundinamarca that he had the chance to meet the defenders of Caminos de compromiso.
Christopher is currently doctoral candidate in international law at the University of Toronto, and his research analyzes the Paris Agreement on climate change from the perspective of state accountability. He was officially accredited observer to the COP 21 United Nations climate negotiations on behalf of the University of Toronto and of the Center for International Sustainable Development Law, and has been supporting the delegation of Burkina Faso since COP 22.
Photography and Art Direction
Verónica Giraldo Canal
Verónica Giraldo Canal, photographer and art director, studied law at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana from 1999 to 2004. Veronica is represented by the Art + Commerce agency through its PhotoVogue collection. She participated in various exhibitions, including “Regional Image 7” of the Banco de la República Museum in 2011-2012 (“Dios”), at the Salón Nacional De Arte – Diversidad in Casa Cuadrada Gallery in 2012 (“Status Quo”), in “Proyectos Inéditos Plástica Contemporánea” at the Casa Cuadrada Gallery in 2012 (“Crudo: Materia Orgánica Combustible”) and “Proyecto S.A.” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bogota in 2012 (“The Mirror – El Espejo”).
Her work “The Mirror – El Espejo” is part of the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bogota. Verónica received a Mention of Honor in 2012 for her photograph "Status Quo" (10th Salón Nacional De Arte – Diversidad, Casa Cuadrada Gallery) and her work “Stranger Than Kindness” was selected picture of the day on October 12th, 2011 by Vogue Italy.
Carolina Delgado Chaves
Carolina Delgado Chaves is Colombian multidisciplinary artist and works as interior designer, art director and producer of artistic ecological projects. Carolina created the brand Planta Baja, Design and Vegetal Intervention, and is dedicated to protecting the environment through art made from recycled objects. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, the Bogota campus of LaSalle College and the Universidad Pontificia Javeriana in Bogota.
Carolina was the Colombian winner of the "White Space Project Originals, Adidas Originals," an international art competition aimed at celebrating the originality of the most creative women of their country. She has exhibited her work at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow, the Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden in Bogota, the Banco de la República Art Museum in Colombia, The Warehouse Art Gallery, Bogota, and the Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery, Toronto. She was also artistic director for television productions by the History Channel, Fox, RCN and Caracol.
Portrait: Tote Ruiz, 2012.