Ramiro Ávila Santamaría is a Doctor in Legal Sociology from the University of the Basque Country (UPV). Master in Legal Sociology from the International Institute of Legal Sociology of Oñati-UPV, and in Law from Columbia University in New York City; He is a lawyer and has a degree in Legal Sciences from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (PUCE). He currently works as a teacher and director of the Law Department of the Andean University Simón Bolívar-Ecuador Headquarters. Author and editor, has published, among others: Andean neo-constitutionalism (Quito 2016), Criminal justice in constitutional rights (Quito, 2013), Transformative neo-constitutionalism (Quito 2011) and Rights and guarantees. Critical essays (Quito, 2010).