Zoraida Mendiwelso-Bendek

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 I was born in Bogotá (Colombia), but my family roots come from different places. My maternal grand parents were born in Bethlehem in Palestine, and my paternal surname comes from the Basque country in Spain.

Since as long as I can remember, I have had a great interest in the development of Law and Justice in Social Sciences.  I have a degree in Law and Political Sciences and a Masters in Philosophy. I started my career in the Colombian Judicial System at a very young age (1977), and among others, I was the first female, who had the Headship of the National Prison Service in Colombia. I also worked for the Colombian Government as a National Drugs Officer (1985-1989).

Following my interest in the development of the Law, I had a Sabbatical year to do research about the development of Legal Information Systems.  I went to Florence (Italy), as an external researcher at the Institute for Legal Documentation of the Italian National Research Council.  After this, I became the Head of the Centre for Law and Social Research (CIJUS) at Los Andes University in Bogotá (Colombia). Where for more than six years, as a Senior Researcher, I did research into topics related with Justice.

Now, I am doing a European PhD at the School of Management in Lincoln University (UK) and at the Department of Philosophy and Law in the University of Valencia (Spain), on Justice and Citizenship in organizations.