Advocates of the Hastie Stable

Ximena Vengoechea

Year of Call: 2013


T: 0131 260 5654


“Ximena received her first class law degree from the National University of Colombia in 1994. She holds a postgraduate degree in Constitutional Law; two Diplomas in Human rights and Humanitarian Law — one of which she obtained at the Raoul Wallenberg institute in Sweden; a Master in Peace Studies from Lancaster University and a degree in Scots Law from the University of Edinburgh.

Ximena obtained her initial professional experience as a legal assistant at the Ministry of Interior Affairs and at the Ministry of Law and Justice in Colombia prior to becoming a legal advisor for the Advocate General’s Office providing legal opinions in constitutional proceedings on human rights, extradition, military justice and criminal law. She became a prosecutor in cases of alleged violations of human rights by members of the Colombian armed forces before she moved to the UK.

In Scotland she acquired experience at various Edinburgh firms and organisations, including the Judicial Studies Committee, before calling to the Bar in 2013. Her professional interests are wide and varied, including contract, damages, public law, crime and human rights law.”


General Information

  • Accelerated LLB (Ord), University of Edinburgh
  • MA in Peace Studies (Distinction), University of Lancaster
  • Post Graduate Diploma, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Adv), Lund University, Sweden
  • Post Graduate Diploma, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia
  • Post Graduate Degree, Specialist in Constitutional Law, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
  • LLB (Hons), Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Faculty Scholarship, 2012
  • Chevening Scholarship, 1999
  • SIDA (Sweden) Scholarship, 1998
  • National University of Colombia Scholarship, 1989-1993