Juan Carlos Esguerra Portocarrero

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Juan Carlos Esguerra Portocarrero
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7th Minister of Justice and Law of Colombia
In office
August 11, 2011 – July 12, 2012
PresidentJuan Manuel Santos Calderón
Preceded byRómulo González Trujillo
Succeeded byRuth Stella Correa Palacio
28th Colombia Ambassador to the United States
In office
February 11, 1997 – October 27, 1998
PresidentErnesto Samper Pizano
Preceded byCarlos Lleras de la Fuente
Succeeded byLuis Alberto Moreno Mejía
Minister of National Defence of Colombia
In office
August 7, 1995 – February 4,1997
PresidentErnesto Samper Pizano
Preceded byFernando Botero Zea
Succeeded byGuillermo Alberto González Mosquera
Personal details
Born (1949-03-13) 13 March 1949 (age 69)
Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
Political partyLiberal
Other political
National Salvation Movement (1991)
Spouse(s)Julia Miranda Londoño (1982-present)
ChildrenJuan Carlos Esguerra Miranda
Cristina Esguerra Miranda
Nicolás Esguerra Miranda
Alma materPontifical Xavierian University (LLB, 1972)
Cornell Law School (LLM, 1973)

Juan Carlos Esguerra Portocarrero (born March 13, 1949) is a Colombian lawyer and politician. He has previously served in the Colombian Government as the 7th Minister of Justice and Law, the 28th Ambassador of Colombia to the United States, and as Minister of National Defence.


On August 11, 2011, President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón appointed Esguerra Minister of Justice and Law of Colombia.

Personal life[edit]

Born to José María Esguerra Samper and Ana Portocarrero Mutis on March 13. 1949 in Bogotá, D.C., Colombia;[1] he married Julia Miranda Londoño, on December 10, 1982 whom he met while she was a law student and he her law professor at the Pontifical Xavierian University.[2] Together they have three children: Juan Carlos, Cristina, and Nicolás. His wife is the current Director of the National Natural Parks System of Colombia.


  1. ^ "El Hombre Dijo que Sí" [The Man Said Yes]. Semana (in Spanish). Retrieved 2011-09-28.
  2. ^ González Reyes, Olga (1995-08-13). "Un Ministro Zurdo Para la Defensa" [A Left-Handed Minister for Defence]. El Tiempo (in Spanish). Retrieved 2011-09-28.