Ursula Indacochea

Program Director

Ursula Indacochea is a Peruvian lawyer who joined DPLF in November 2015 to work on issues related to judicial independence She is in charge of monitoring and undertaking technical diagnoses of judicial selection processes across the countries in the region on the basis of international standards and best practices. She also oversees project planning and applied research regarding the fundamental obstacles and challenges to judicial independence in Latin America.

Before joining DPLF’s team, Ursula worked in Constitutional Law, Litigation, and Disputes as an associate at a Peruvian firm, where she participated in high-impact cases and provided extensive consultations on the reform of the judicial career system in Peru. Ursula also carried out pro bono work related to protecting the rights of minorities. Between 2012 and 2013, she was a Legal Fellow at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and was in charge of the protection of the independence of justice operators.

Ursula has a Law Degree and Masters in Constitutional Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, and a degree in Advanced Human Rights Studies at Carlos III University in Madrid. She has published research on the theory of law, constitutional law, justice systems, constitutional litigation, and international human rights in articles and books. She is also co-founder of the civil society organization Constitucionalismo Crítico, which brings together young Peruvian researchers dedicated to the study and understanding of constitutional law from a critical perspective.