UCL Institute of the Americas


Taking Stock of the Participation of Third Parties in the Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia

05 February 2020, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

Third Parties in Colombia's Special Jurisdiction

UCL Institute of the Americas, Essex Transitional Justice Network and Embrace Dialogue invite you to this event that seeks to unpack the complexities and clarify the achievements and challenges regarding the inclusion of third party actors in Colombia's transitional justice process.

This event is free.

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UCL Institute of the Americas


UCL Mathematics Lecture Theatre 505
25 Gordon Street
United Kingdom

The Special Jurisdiction for Peace (SJP) is the justice component of the Colombian Transitional Justice Mechanism created as part of the 2016 peace accord with the FARC-EP. The SJP seeks to held accountable all actors of the conflict for their role in during the armed conflict (1958-2016). The responsibility of third parties, for example business people and landowners, in the conflict has been fundamental. Although their participation in the SJP has been praised by transitional justice experts, it has been highly contested and criticised by some sectors in Colombia. To implement this aspect of the peace agreement has moreover proved particularly challenging given the dearth of academic guidance and international precedent on how to achieve this. Furthermore, the original conception for their participation in the peace accord was modified by Colombia's Constitutional Court.

About the Speaker

Andrés Contreras, Former Attorney, Special Jurisdiction for Peace

Alejandro Jiménez, Coordinator of the Litigation Team, Center for the Study of Law, Justice and Society (DeJusticia)

Sabine Michalowski, Professor of Law, co-director of the Essex Transitional Justice Network, University of Essex.


Andrei Gómez-Suárez, Honorary Research Fellow UCL Institute of the Americas, Associate Researcher University of Bristol, co-founder Embrace Dialogue