Rethinking unelected authorities: a view from public law and democratic legitimacy.

Project: Research Project

Project Details


Public law theorists have highlighted how modern constitutions incorporate institutions that do not integrate any of the three branches of public power.

Thus, on the one hand, this has made it possible to highlight that the three branches are insufficient to accommodate the new constitutional structures and functions and; On the other hand, it has led to reflection on the nature and function that these new structures fulfill, as the fourth branch of public power.

This project seeks to bring this discussion to Colombian public law, in order to analyze the role of Colombian unelected authorities in the guarantee and protection of constitutional democracy.


Fourth branch of public power, autonomous constitutional entities, constitutional democracy, unelected actors.

Commitments / Obligations

1 Scopus article.

1 research book.

2 event of social appropriation of knowledge.
Effective start/end date5/15/235/14/25

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Main Funding Source

  • Installed Capacity (Academic Unit)


  • Bogotá D.C.


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