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
President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón
Preceded by Rómulo González Trujillo
Succeeded by Ruth Stella Correa Palacio
28th Colombia Ambassador to the United States
In office
February 11, 1997 – October 27, 1998
President Ernesto Samper Pizano
Preceded by Carlos Lleras de la Fuente
Succeeded by Luis Alberto Moreno Mejía
Minister of National Defence of Colombia
In office
August 7, 1995 – February 4,1997
President Ernesto Samper Pizano
Preceded by Fernando Botero Zea
Succeeded by Guillermo Alberto González Mosquera
Personal details
Born (1949-03-13) 13 March 1949 (age 69)
Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Political party Liberal
Other political
National Salvation Movement (1991)
Spouse(s) Julia Miranda Londoño (1982-present)
Children Juan Carlos Esguerra Miranda
Cristina Esguerra Miranda
Nicolás Esguerra Miranda
Alma mater Pontifical Xavierian University (LLB, 1972)
Cornell Law School (LLM, 1973)
Profession Lawyer

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.