Dr Julián López-Murcia has an intellectual background that combines law, political science and economics, and a body of research work that includes both the analysis of utilities regulation and of structure-of-government issues. He also has a successful track record of teaching in law schools in the United Kingdom, Colombia and Central America.
Recently, he served as Superintendent of Water Supply and Sanitation, where he led a team of 150 socially-minded women and men to tackle some of Colombia’s most complex and pressing challenges regarding water security and circular economy issues. He also served as an external advisor to the Superintendency of Public Utilities providing guidance on the evaluation of drafts of laws, decrees and regulations and worked at a leading law firm.
Dr López-Murcia’s work has been cited by the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, as well as by some Colombian authorities such as the Constitutional Court, Defensoría del Pueblo (Ombudsman), Contraloría General de la República (National Fiscal Control Office) and Superintendencia de Servicios Públicos Domiciliarios (Superintendency of Public Utilities, SSPD).
After 15 years of experience in regulatory analysis in the government, academia and private sectors, particularly regarding water supply and sanitation, Julián López-Murcia is one of Colombia’s leading experts in this subject. Currently, he is serving as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano (Colombia).
He was educated at Javeriana University in Bogotá (LLB). He obtained an MSc in Regulation from the London School of Economics (LSE) and then a DPhil (Ph.D.) in Politics from the University of Oxford.