CONSTITUTIONAL COURTS AND DEMOCRACY: COLOMBIA AND ECUADOR

This paper seeks to present and explore the first advances from the comparative perspective between the contributions of the Ecuadorian and Colombian constitutional courts to the processes of transformation and democratic consolidation. Although there are similarities, my hypothesis is that the considerable differences that can be observed between the courts are due to the way in which the meaning of democracy has been developed in Ecuador and Colombia, which is more procedural in the former and more substantial in the latter.