Dr López-Murcia’s work has been cited by the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation and the Pan American Health Organization, as well as by some Colombian authorities such as the Constitutional Court, a worldwide leading court regarding social rights.
Julián 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, Ecuador and El Salvador.
After 15 years of experience in regulatory issues in the government, academia and private sector, particularly regarding water supply and sanitation, Julián López-Murcia is one of Colombia’s leading experts in this subject. 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.
Afterwards, Julián has served as a consultant at the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the CAF – Development Bank of Latin America, the International Water Asociation -IWA-, as well as at NORC at the University of Chicago. Co-founder and partner at Nalanda Analytica, a consultancy firm.
Julián 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.