Hillary Clinton Award | 03/30/2017
Humberto de la Calle was the lead negotiator for the Colombian government of Juan Manuel Santos in the peace process with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Before being named lead government negotiator, De la Calle had taken a break from a long and distinguished career in public service to serve as a practicing lawyer in the private sector (2003-2012). Before that, he was Colombia’s Ambassador to the Organization of American States (2001-2003), Minister of the Interior (1998-2000) and Ambassador to the United Kingdom under the government of President Andres Pastrana. De la Calle won the general election of 1994 as vice-president on the liberal Samper-De la Calle ticket; however, when his president became embroiled in a corruption scandal with the Colombian drug cartels, De la Calle resigned in protest. De la Calle studied law at the University of Caldas, eventually becoming Dean in the Universities of Caldas and Manizales (1978-1980). In 1979, he went on to specialize in International Law at the Inter-American Judicial Committee, and in 1986 he was appointed as Associate Justice to the Supreme Court of Colombia.