Juan Carlos Prías Bernal

Founding Partner

Born on November 2, 1958 in Bogota, Colombia. Lawyer graduated from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia (1981). Specialist in Business Law from Universidad de Los Andes (1988). Postgraduate Course in Special Criminal Law at the University of Salamanca, Spain (2004). Master of International Economic Criminal Law, Instituto de Altos Estudios Universitarios, Universidad de Granada (2016). Master of Research Methodology in Legal Sciences, Universidad Europea Miguel de Cervantes (2016), Updating courses to aspire to the doctoral degree in Law, IAEU in agreement with Universidad de Buenos Aires (Present). Seminars: Amendments to the Contentious Administrative Code, Universidad Externado de Colombia (1984). Investment Banking (1991). Illicit Enrichment, Money Laundering and Forfeiture, Instituto de Estudios Públicos del Ministerio Públicos(1997). Criminal Law Dogma, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (1998). 2nd National Conference on Tax Law, Universidad Austral Buenos Aires (2002), among others.

Languages: Spanish, English.

Academic Formation & Professional

Lawyer

1981
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Specialist in Business Law

1988
Universidad de Los Andes

Postgraduate Course in Special Criminal Law

2004
University of Salamanca, Spain

Master of International Economic Criminal Law

2016
Instituto de Altos Estudios Universitarios, Universidad de Granada

Master of Research Methodology in Legal Sciences

2016
Universidad Europea Miguel de Cervantes

Updating courses to aspire to the doctoral degree in Law

Present
IAEU in agreement with Universidad de Buenos Aires

Professional Experience

  • Partner at the firm PRIAS CADAVID.
  • Previously, he was the assistant to the Presidency of the Commission for Economic Affairs of the Senate of the Republic (1982).
  • Head of the Division of Services-Senate of the Republic (1983).
  • Private Secretary (A) to the Presidency of the Senate of the Republic (1984)
  • Head (A) of the Legal Office of the Senate of the Republic (1984).
  • Litigation Attorney - Mendoza Arouni Asociados (1984 -1986).
  • Assistant to the Legal and Trust Vice-Presidency - Banco de Colombia (1987 -1991).
  • Assistant to the Vice-Presidency of Investments - Banco de Colombia (1991).
  • Member of the Special Legislative Commission of 1991. Litigation Attorney - Prias Valencia Asociados.
  • Member of the Drafting Commission of the Bill of the Criminal Procedural Code - Universidad de los Andes (1991)
He currently holds the position of Associate Justice of the Criminal Court of the H. Supreme Court of Justice.

Teaching Experience

  • Universidad Javeriana- Law School, Professor of the Seminar Economic Criminal Law.
  • Universidad Javeriana- Law School, Professor of Special Criminal Law. Universidad de los Andes- Law School, Professor of Special Criminal Law.
  • Universidad de los Andes – Law School, Specialization in Financial Legislation: Professor of Financial Criminal Law.
  • Universidad Javeriana- Economic Criminal Law –Master in Economic Law.
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana- Economic Criminal Law, specialization in Companies.
Associations: Member of the Colombian Case Law Academy and the Colombian Institute of Tax Law.

Publications

  • “El Segundo Matrimonio Posterior a un Vinculo Anterior no Disuelto” - Universidad Javeriana (1984).
  • Bill of the Colombian Criminal Procedural Code. “El Tipo Subjetivo o la Erradicacion de la Responsabilidad Objetiva”. Essay prepared to be chosen as corresponding member of the Colombian Case Law Academy, 2002.
  • “El Fraude Fiscal ante el Derecho Penal”. Speech presented at XXVII Colombian Meetings on Tax Law, 2003. Commented Criminal Code (Law 599/2000) and Criminal Procedural Code (Law 600/2000. “El ilícito tributario ante el derecho penal”, Ed. Doctrina y Ley, Bogota (2004).
  • “El Ilícito Tributario ante el Derecho penal” 2004.
  • “Aproximación a los Delitos Informáticos”, academic accreditation work for Universidad de Salamanca, 2004.
  • “Los Factores de Riesgo del Sistema Acusatorio” Ámbito Jurídico, Legis. Bogota, 2004.
  • “La prueba del Ingrediente Normativo en el Delito de Usurpación de Marcas y Patentes en Colombia” in joint autorship with Paula Cadavid Londoño, Commercial Law Forum, International Magazine, No. 7, April – June, 2005.
  • “Aproximación al Estudio de los Delitos Informáticos”  Contemporaneous Criminal Law. International Magazine No. 17 October – December, 2006, Bogota, among others.