UCL Institute of the Americas


UCL Americas co-hosts lecture by eminent Colombian jurist

11 March 2020

Mr Giovanni Álvarez, director of the Investigation and Accusation Unit (IAU) of Colombia’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) delivered a public lecture at UCL on February 26.

Giovanni Alvarez at UCL

The lecture was hosted by UCL Institute of the Americas, in partnership with the LSE Latin American and Caribbean Centre and Embrace Dialogue (Rodeemos el Diálogo).

Before becoming the chief prosecutor of the JEP, Mr Álvarez worked for 25 years in the Office of the General Prosecutor of Colombia, investigating cases of human rights violations, kidnapping, forced disappearances and forced displacement, and led cases against paramilitary commanders in the framework of the 2005 Justice and Peace Law (JPL), an important antecedent to the JEP.

This event was organised by Dr Par Engstrom, Dr Andrei Gomez-Suarez (UCL) and Professor Jenny Pearce (LSE)

Please read the complete press release here.