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CAPAZ 2019 Summer School Agenda in Berlin

The CAPAZ 2019 Summer School will take place in Berlin from 23 to 27 September 2019. The academic school is organised by CAPAZ, the Institute for Latin American Studies (LAI) of the Freie Universität Berlin, with the support of the LAI Alumni Programme, the GLOCON (Global Change-Local Conflicts) project, and TrAndeS (Postgraduate Programme in Sustainable Development and Social Inequalities in the Andean Region).

Based on the question “An exclusive peace? Peacebuilding in unequal contexts”, the academic school will analyse the implications of peacebuilding in Colombia in contexts of extreme social inequalities.

The summer school sessions will address four central themes: territoriality, memory, democracy, and justice. The programme will include discussions on historical memory in Germany and other countries. Researchers from Colombian and German universities will lead the sessions and discussions.

There will also be an offer of parallel activities in the German capital, such as visits to places of memory, meetings with members of the German Parliament, and a screening of documentary films.

Find out about the academic programme of the CAPAZ 2019 Summer School (in Spanish).


(Text: Claudia Maya. English version: Tiziana Laudato)



“Remembering, forgetting, speaking, silencing. The social management of conflictive pasts” is the third working document published by CAPAZ in 2019. Its author is Tatjana Louis, researcher and associate professor at the School of Social Sciences at Universidad de los Andes. Her research emphasis focuses on the development of historical awareness, and the teaching and learning of history.


In societies in transition, historical memory is an instrument for the symbolic reparation of victims, the clarification of truth, and the goal of social reconciliation. However, the work of memory in a society goes beyond the time limits of transitional justice and presents a challenge for different generations. Based on the analysis of manuals for teaching history in various historical periods, this text addresses the long-term social management of painful pasts in two different contexts: in Colombia, the period of La Violencia; and in Germany, the Nazi dictatorship and the legacy of the German Democratic Republic. The manuals show what society considers necessary to teach future generations. At the same time, they serve as a mirror of today’s society. An analysis of training processes in schools can therefore shed light on the social development of a historical memory.


Download the CAPAZ working paper 3-2019, written by Tatjana Louis (In Spanish, German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ, Bogotá: 2019, 41 p.).

(Text: Claudia Maya. English version: Tiziana Laudato)



The working document entitled “Civic education in Germany: Development and aspects of the current discussion” is CAPAZ’ most recent publication (Working Document 2-2019). Its author is Prof. Dr. Bernd Overwien, professor of civic education didactics at the University of Kassel, Germany. In the introduction, Prof. Dr. Overwien brings us closer to the definition of the concept in the German-speaking context:

‘Politische Bildung’ is the term used in German-speaking countries to refer to school and extra-curricular learning activities that prepare or accompany students in the management of politics by acquiring appropriate knowledge and skills. In this respect, political education moves in a relationship of tensions between pedagogy and politics. (Fischer 1972; Mambour 2007, p. 9). Political education is by no means limited to certain age groups: natural and social science classes in primary school prepare students at an early age (6-10 years) to deal with political and social science issues. Civic education as a whole has, in recent decades, resorted to social science knowledge and methods. However, civic education is older and the corresponding lines of progress are drawn and developed in this working paper. The central debates will be outlined on this basis, and finally discussed with a view to current discussions in Colombia”.

Download the CAPAZ working paper on civic education in Germany, written by Prof. Dr. Bernd Overwien (in Spanish, German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ, Bogotá: 2019. 30 p.).

(Text: Claudia Maya. English version: Tiziana Laudato)


CAPAZ formally receives funding from the German government for a project that will support peace institutions in Colombia

Ambassador Ptassek (on the left) and Prof. Dr. Peters signed the grant document. Some students of JLU Giessen visited the German Embassy for the signing. Photo: Daniel Alscher

The German Ambassador in Colombia, Dr. Peter Ptassek, and the Academic Director of CAPAZ, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters formalised the financing by the German Federal Foreign Office for the project that will -based within academia- support the work of the Special Peace Jurisdiction (JEP) and the Commission for the Clarification of the Truth (CEV) in Colombia.

The signing of the grant document took place on August 9, 2019 at the headquarters of the German Embassy in Bogota.

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The project will be led by the CAPAZ Institute and the Centre for the Study of Latin American Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure (CEDPAL), attached to the University of Göttingen. It will receive funding of more than 365,000 euros and will be executed between July 2019 and the end of 2020.

For more information: /  

Contact: Juliette Vargas (CAPAZ/CEDPAL):

(Text: Claudia Maya. English version: Tiziana Laudato)


Parliamentarians from the Bundestag visit CAPAZ

Photo: Claudia Maya

The Bundestag delegation for relations with the countries of the Andean Community (Parlamentariergruppe Anden-Staaten) met with CAPAZ representatives at its office in Bogota.

The meeting took place on July 22, 2019 and was attended by parliamentarians Dr. Bettina Hoffmann (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), Simone Barrientos (Die Linke)Dr. Jan-Marco Luczak (CDU/CSU) and Erwin Rüddel (CDU).

The Bundestag delegation learned about the work of the CAPAZ Institute and spoke with a group of representatives for social and human rights organizations invited by the German Embassy in Colombia.

CAPAZ in the context of the peace process

At the beginning of the meeting, the representative for Universidad Nacional de Colombia as one CAPAZ founding institution, Dr. Camilo Borrero presented the general objectives of CAPAZ in the context of the Colombian peace process: a) to support the peacebuilding process especially from the territorial perspective; b) to contribute to the strengthening of peace institutions within the Integral System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition, and also of those entities with local incidence; c) and to promote a sustained dynamic of work between Colombian and German academia.

A more detailed description of the CAPAZ structure, research lines, projects and activities was presented by Dr. Carlos Nupia, Administrative Director of the institute.

Photo: Claudia Maya

The Final Agreement and the troubled outlook for its implementation

During the meeting, representatives of different civil society sectors explained the delays and setbacks in the implementation of the Final Agreement signed in 2016 between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP guerrilla.

They questioned the failure of the current Colombian government to comply with some of the fundamental points of the Final Agreement and the way in which the government promotes some actions that run counter to the provisions of the agreements. For example, they mentioned the fumigation of illicit crops via glyphosate spraying and the drug policy. For the activist voices, this is a sign of the government’s little or no willingness to implement the Final Agreement.

Social and security issues

They also expressed concern about the situation of the victims of the armed conflict, of social leaders, and prospects for the operation of the Integral System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition. They affirmed that the communities’ distrust of the State is growing and that the territories are undergoing processes of militarization, with the threat of the reactivation of networks of informants and the rearmament of the population.

The leader of the German delegation, Dr. Jan-Marco Luczak, expressed the difficulty of grasping this situation and confronted the activists about the doubts generated by the political will of the Colombian government to put an end to criminality and protect the lives of leaders. The response to this concern was concretely exemplified: despite decrees, specialized government units, and protocols, there have been few meetings of the security commission to dismantle paramilitarism; investigations remain in the local prosecutors’ offices, and there are very few central government declarations on how to put an end to the assassination of social leaders.

Progress, Germany, and international cooperation

Photo: Claudia Maya

The Bundestag Andean delegation’s visit to Colombia included meetings with representatives of the Government, Congress, and international organizations, and knowledge of reintegration initiatives for former combatants.

During the talks held at CAPAZ, the German delegation highlighted some peace initiatives and projects that they learned about in Colombia or about which they had already been informed before their trip to Colombia. In any case, they stated that the representatives of President Ivan Duque’s government with whom they held meetings assured them that it is not the government’s intention to reduce the peace budget.

Two petitions were received by the deputies at the end of the meeting held at CAPAZ. On the one hand, the group of social representatives emphasized the need for international cooperation to remain in Colombia. Diana Aristizábal, representative for the Prodepaz Network indicated that this network has been working with the German cooperation agency GIZ for a long time, and highlighted the contribution of international cooperation in terms of protecting the lives of social leaders.

The plenary asked the German government for the presence of a figure such as the German delegate for the peace process, Tom Koenigs, who recently left his post. The message that the German delegation for the Andean Community will take to the Bundestag is that “we urgently need the presence of a person like Mr. Koenigs”.

(Text: Claudia Maya. English version: Tiziana Laudato)


Call for applications Academic Collaborator CAPAZ/CEDPAL

With funding from the German Federal Foreign Office (AA), the German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ, and the Centre for Studies of Latin American Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure (CEDPAL) belonging to the University of Göttingen will implement the project: “Stabilization of Peace in Colombia through Justice and Truth”.

Based within academia, the general objective for the project is to strengthen the Colombian Integrated System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition.

Those interested are invited to submit their application as candidates for the following position:

Position: Academic Collaborator

Place: Bogotá, Colombia

Duration: 16 months


If you are interested, please read the Terms of Reference

Requested documents must be submitted as one (1) single file in digital format (.pdf) to: no later than Tuesday, August 13, 2019.

Applications that do not meet the criteria for certifying the required skills and competencies will not be considered. Please refrain from sending incomplete information.

Concerns about the call may be resolved only via institutional email: Please refrain from writing to any other CAPAZ institutional email account for these purposes.


CAPAZ visits the Colombian Ambassador in Germany

Dr. Carlos Nupia, Administrative Director of CAPAZ and Ambassador of Colombia in Germany, Hans-Peter Knudsen. Photo: Paula Sanmiguel

The Administrative Director of the German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ, Dr. Carlos Nupia, recently met in Berlin with the Colombian Ambassador to Germany, Hans-Peter Knudsen. The meeting took place in July 2019, in order to discuss the progress made by CAPAZ and exchange ideas on academic and scientific cooperation between Colombia and Germany in the area of peace.

Ambassador Kndusen, who took office in November 2018, ratified his support for CAPAZ activities. He was interested in having Colombian government officials actively participate in CAPAZ academic events. He stated that the Colombian Embassy in Berlin has facilitated the work of researchers from both countries, who have contacted the Embassy to request information on contacts and sources of information for their research.

Dr. Carlos Nupia shared the progress of the self-evaluation of the first phase of CAPAZ (construction phase), which ends in December 2019. He also announced the preparations for the approval of the second phase (institutionalization phase), which is planned for January 2020. He reported on the results of the 25 exploratory studies that CAPAZ has funded since 2017, and on the agenda of academic and research events planned for the second semester of 2019.

In this regard, Ambassador Knudsen recognized the importance of the congress on civic education (politische Bildung in German) currently organized by CAPAZ, and which will take place in September 2019 in Bogotá. The event will be attended by Dr. Thomas Krüger, Director of the Federal Agency for Political Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung – BPB).

The Colombian diplomat reiterated the recognition of the positive aspects of some peace experiences supported by the Colombian Government, such as the training of former combatants in agricultural topics which took place in Panaca Park (Armenia, Quindío) and the attempts to construct territorial peace agendas by institutions such as Tolipaz (Corporación de Desarrollo y Paz del Tolima).

(Text: Carlos Nupia, Claudia Maya. English version: Tiziana Laudato)



The German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ and the Centre for the Study of Latin American Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure (CEDPAL) at the University of Göttingen are pleased to report that they have obtained funding of more than 365,000 euros from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The funds will be used to support the process of justice and truth in the context of peacebuilding in Colombia, in collaboration with the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) and the Commission for the Clarification of the Truth (CEV).

The focus will be on the circulation of knowledge through seminars with judges and members of the academic staff of the JEP and the CEV, as well as the academic exchange between Germany and Colombia on issues relevant to the peace process. The project for the stabilization of the Colombian peace process through transitional justice and truth will be run between July 2019 and the end of 2020.

German Minister Heiko Maas (o.t.l.) and Prof. Dr. Peters (CAPAZ), during the signing of the cooperation agreement with the JEP in April 2019. Luis Enrique Sierra/CAPAZ

Thanks to the support of the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, headed by Minister Heiko Maas, CAPAZ and CEDPAL will have the funds to develop initiatives that involve sustained collaboration with both institutions, created after the signing in 2016 of the Final Agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP guerrilla.

CAPAZ Academic Director and Professor of Peace Studies at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters stressed the importance of the project for the construction of a lasting peace: “Tackling the past is a painful but necessary process for building peace. The JEP and the CEV are two key instruments for the successful implementation of peace in Colombia. We are very happy to be able to work with them to strengthen peace in Colombia”.

Prof. Kai Ambos, CEDPAL Director Foto: JEP.

From CEDPAL, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Kai Ambos added, “Colombia’s transitional justice system is a model for the world. It is an honour and a challenge for CEDPAL to be able to collaborate with the JEP as its judicial component and CEV as its integral truth component. We hope to be able to contribute, at least modestly, to your best performance”.

Cooperation with peace institutions

In April 2019, CAPAZ and CEDPAL formalized a cooperation agreement with the JEP and in June of the same year cooperation with the CEV was formalized. With both agreements, the German institutions reiterate their intention to support the two important components of the Comprehensive System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition (Sistema Integral de Verdad, Justicia, Reparación y No Repetición).

You may also like: Kooperationsabkommen zwischen CAPAZ, CEDPAL und JEP in Anwesenheit des Bundesaussenministers Heiko Maas (in German)

You may also like: Letter of Understanding between CAPAZ and the Truth Commission (CEV) in Colombia

CEDPAL, headed by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Kai Ambos was appointed advisor (amicus curiae) to the JEP in December 2017. The research centre is attached to the University of Göttingen, a founding member of the CAPAZ Institute. 

(Text: Claudia Maya. English version: Tiziana Laudato)


For more information: /

Contact: Juliette Vargas (CAPAZ/CEDPAL):


CAPAZ im DAAD Jahresbericht 2018

Der Jahresbericht des Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienstes (DAAD) informiert über die wichtigsten Projekte und Zahlen sowie über die verschiedenen Aktivitäten des DAAD.

In dem kürzlich veröffentlichten Jahresbericht 2018 informiert der Akademische Direktor des CAPAZ Institutes, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters über das Profil sowie die Herausforderungen der Arbeit des Institutes, als eines der DAAD-Kooperationsprojekte im Bereich der transnationalen Bildung

Lesen Sie den Artikel “Frieden herzustellen ist schwieriger, als Krieg zu führen” (Establecer la paz es más difícil que hacer la guerra) mit dem Interview mit Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters im DAAD-Jahresbericht 2018 (auf Deutsch, S. 83).

Jahresbericht DAAD 2018 (Deutsch; PDF, 25.5 MB). Online: []



Photo: CEV

The German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ and the Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence and Non-Repetition (CEV) in Colombia signed a letter of understanding, with which both institutions seek to promote joint research concerning the objective of the CEV’s mandate.

CAPAZ and the CEV also plan to hold events to discuss issues relevant to the CEV, locate interns in the CEV lines of research, and support the documentation of cases of human rights violations in the framework of and during the armed conflict, through the universities and institutes of the CAPAZ consortium.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters, Academic Director of CAPAZ and Mauricio Katz, Executive Secretary of the CEV signed the document on June 14, 2019 at the new facilities of the Commission in Bogotá. The event was attended, on behalf of the CEV, by Commissioner Ángela Salazar, the Director of Research, Dr. Carlos Mario Perea and the Advisor to the Presidency of the Commission, María Paula Prada.

Mauricio Katz (left) and Stefan Peters, during the signing of the Letter of Understanding. Photo: CEV

Professor Manuel Salamanca (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana) and Professor Laly Peralta (Universidad del Rosario) participated on behalf of the CAPAZ consortium universities. Also present were the scientific collaborators of CAPAZ, Juliette Vargas and Juliana González Villamizar, and a delegation from the German Embassy in Bogotá.

The letter of understanding formalizes a relationship that the CAPAZ Institute and the Truth Commission have been building since 2018, when the CEV was created. In the words of Prof. Dr. Peters, this relationship has materialized in diplomatic and academic events organized by CAPAZ, in which the President of the CEV, Father Francisco de Roux, as well as a number of commissioners have participated.

Additionally, the CAPAZ Institute supports the work of the Truth Commission through the participation of the CAPAZ Science Collaborator, Juliana González Villamizar, as a researcher in the CEV’s technical gender roundtable.

CAPAZ and CEV representatives. Photo: CEV

The formalization of cooperation with the CEV adds to previous efforts to strengthen ties with the institutions of the Comprehensive System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition, such as the cooperation agreement reached by CAPAZ with the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) and the Centre for the Study of Latin American Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure (CEDPAL) at the University of Göttingen, which was signed in April 2019 in Bogotá in the presence of the German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas, during his official visit to Colombia.

You may also like (in Spanish, CEV’s website): CAPAZ apoyará la estrategia de investigación de la Comisión de la Verdad

(Text: Juliana González, Claudia Maya. English version: Tiziana Laudato)