Juan Carlos Botero

Dr. Juan Carlos Botero is the World Justice Project's Executive Director and former Director of the Rule of Law Index, where he has led the development of the Index project and co-authored the report since its inception in 2008.

Dr. Botero has extensive experience developing indicators to measure performance of institutions in countries around the world. As a researcher at Yale University and the World Bank, he was one of the designers of the methodology for the indices of judicial efficiency and dispute resolution, and labor regulation for the World Bank’s Doing Business indicators. Previous experiences include service as Chief International Legal Counsel of the Colombian Ministry of Commerce; Deputy-Chief Negotiator of the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement; and Director of the Colombian Government Trade Bureau in Washington DC. He was appointed by the President of Colombia as a member of the Advisory Board of the Colombian Antitrust and Consumer Protection Agency, and served at the Ad-Hoc High Committee for the Reform of the Andean Community Tribunal and Dispute Settlement Mechanism. He was also Director of the Instituto de Ciencia Politica in Colombia, and Judicial Clerk for Justice Carlos Gaviria Diaz of the Colombian Constitutional Court.

He has been a professor or guest lecturer in several countries, and has taught legal theory and comparative law at the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia and Universidad Privada Boliviana in Bolivia. He also served as Director of the Instituto de Ciencia Politica in Colombia. He served as Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Rule of Law in 2011, and is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Justice for the 2014 – 2016 term. His academic publications have focused on the areas of rule of law, access to justice, labor regulation, child labor, and judicial reform.

A national of Colombia, Dr. Botero holds a law degree from Universidad de los Andes; a Master of Laws (LLM) from Harvard University; and a Doctorate of Juridical Science (SJD) from Georgetown University.