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International Seminar on Political Ideas a the UPB


The Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín are pleased to invite to the third International Seminar on Political Ideas on May 9 and 10, 2019, both days from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The seminar will take place at the Laureles Campus of the UPB in Medellín. Free entry.

This year, the seminar will discuss peace building related to representation, specifically on issues related to electoral behaviour, public opinion and representative democratic institutions. The first seminar was held in 2017 and discussed the justice system in the post peace-deal environment.

The Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana of Medellín is an associated member of the CAPAZ Institute.

More information (in Spanish)



Public lecture of Universidad de los Andes on businesses and reintegration of ex-combatants at FILBO 2019


The public lecture entitled: “Businesses, reintegration of ex-combatants and peace building” will take place At the Bogota International Book Fair (FILBO 2019) on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 3:00 p.m.

The event is organized by the Faculty of Business Administration at Universidad de los Andes and includes the book presentation entitled: “Construcción de paz: las empresas en la reintegración de excombatientes” (Peacebuilding: Businesses in the reintegration of ex-combatants). The event will be held at FILBO 2019 fairgrounds (Corferias, FILBo Workshop 3). Admission is free.

Participants of the conversation are Andrés Stapper, Director of ARN (Presidency of Colombia); Juan Pablo Castillo, Director of Corporate Affairs of Sodexo, and by Juana García and Andrés Barrios, both professors who compiled the texts for this publication. Professor García is the spokesperson for the Universidad de los Andes at the CAPAZ Consortium. The publication was edited by the Faculty of Administration of the University of the Andes.

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The CAPAZ Spotlight on Peace series 2019 begins!



The German Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ is pleased to invite those interested in joining us for the events planned, in Germany and Colombia, into the academic calendar for the first semester of 2019.

The Spotlight on Peace series will begin with the discussion session entitled: “The role of academia, international cooperation, and peacebuilding” on Thursday May 9, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at Claustro de San Agustín in Bogotá (Cra. 8 No. 7-21).

Free entry, no registration required. More information about the inaugural event of the Spotlight on Peace series.



For the first semester of 2019, the program includes discussion sessions, lectures, workshops and conferences on current topics on peacebuilding in Colombia:

– Academia, international cooperation and peacebuilding (Opening event)

– Transitional Justice: Special Jurisdiction for Peace – JEP, Victims’ Participation and Memory

– Gender, right-wing populisms and peace

– Construction of the historical memory


Colombia and CAPAZ in the international context

The Spotlight on Peace series includes activities in Germany and Colombia. Some events will take place at Cloister of San Agustín, headquarters of the CAPAZ Institute, and at some universities of the CAPAZ consortium. In Germany, there will be events in Berlin, Eichstätt, Giessen and Göttingen.

All events are free entry and open to the public (there will be some requirements such as registration according to the event).

Participants will include professors and researchers, artists, writers, as recognized experts linked to universities and research institutions.

Join us for the CAPAZ Spotlight on Peace series by making sure that you schedule in the events you are interested in from now until July of this year!

Download the programme (in Spanish).

Further information and contact:


Join us in May 2019, for the CAPAZ and University of Giessen academic calendar

CAPAZ invites those interested to join us for two academic events held on Wednesday May 15, 2019 at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany. Free entry.



“Transitional Justice in Colombia: The rights of the victims and the role of the perpetrators in the Special Jurisdiction for Peace”

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. / Room 002, School of Law at the University of Giessen (Licherstrasse 68, D-35394 Giessen). Free entry.


The centrality of the victims is a basic premise of the concept of Transitional Justice and, in the Colombian case, has been a standard of the Final Agreement signed in 2016 by the government and the FARC-EP guerrilla. Transitional Justice is based on the possibility to offer a path towards reconciliation and the transformation of society and its raison d’être is to guarantee the victims their right to truth, justice, reparation, and non-repetition.

The roundtable is co-organised by the CAPAZ Institute and the Chair for Peace Studies at Justus Liebig University Giessen. It will discuss the paradigm -in Colombia- of victims’ inclusion, recognition, and participation, proposed through the Integrated System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition settled in the Final Agreement.

It will also review existing tensions and difficulties in rendering possible the paradigm and the role of the victims and aggressors in peacebuilding through the components of the Integrated System, specifically through the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP). The roundtable will be conducted in Spanish.

The following speakers will present their research:

Juliette Vargas (University of Göttingen / CAPAZ): “The victims’ right to participation in transitional justice. The case of JEP in Colombia”.

Dr. Francisco Cortés Rodas (Philosophy Institute at Universidad de Antioquia): “The purpose of punishment, reduced sentences, and impunity in the transitional justice in Colombia”.

Catalina Ibañez Gutiérrez (Universität Konstanz): “The legal bases and operations of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace in the Colombian judicial system”.

Moderator: Dr. Rosario Figari Layús (Justus Liebig University Giessen / CAPAZ).


Einladung zur Diskussionsveranstaltung (auf Deutsch)

Contact: Rosario Figari Layú / Juliette Vargas: /


Speech by Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters (in German): 

“The difficult path to peace: Interdisciplinary perspectives in the Colombian post conflict”

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. / Chancellor’s office (Rektorenzimmer) Justus Liebig University Giessen (Ludwigstraße 23, D-35390 Giessen)


The CAPAZ Academic Director, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters will present a speech during the summer event 2019 organised by the Giessen Graduate Centre for Social Sciences, Business, Economics and Law (GGS) at Justus Liebig University Giessen. Free entry. Please register for the event by writing to:

More information (in German)






Discussion session on Academia, International cooperation and Peacebuilding opens CAPAZ Spotlight on Peace

The CAPAZ Spotlight on Peace series 2019 begins!

The German Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ is pleased to invite those interested in joining us for the events planned, in Germany and Colombia, into the academic calendar for the first semester of 2019.

The Spotlight on Peace series will begin with the discussion session entitled: The role of academia, international cooperation, and peacebuilding” on Thursday May 9, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at Claustro de San Agustín in Bogotá (carrera 8 No. 7-21).


The participants include:


Yadira Casas, Manager of the Colciencias Social and Human Sciences and Education Programme.

María Piedad Villaveces, Executive Director of Asociación Colombiana para el Avance de la Ciencia.

Joybrato Mukherjee, President of Justus Liebig University Giessen and Vice-President of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Claudia Patricia Sierra, researcher at Social Work Department at Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Carlos Nupia, CAPAZ Administrative Director (Moderator)


All events are free entry and open to the public (there will be some requirements such as registration according to the event).

Join us for the CAPAZ Spotlight on Peace series by making sure that you schedule in the events you are interested in from now until July of this year!


Further information: /


“Building bridges is no easy task”

Photo Andrea Cagua

The event held on March 13 though 15, 2019 at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá was called “Memory, Academia and Civil Society: Building Bridges”. It was organised by the Uniandes, CAPAZ, the MemoriAL network, and the German Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, as part of the CAPAZ supported exploratory study called “Memory, Academia, and Society”.

The purpose of the event was to review and re-establish the role of academia in the multiple initiatives aimed at building historical memory of Colombia’s recent past.

The discussions developed through three thematic axes: the cultural products in relation with memory, the asymmetries in the production of knowledge on memory, and pedagogical and academic practices.

Through presentations, panels, and workshops, horizontal debate took place to build bridges –alluding to the title of the events- between the knowledge produced in academic spaces and that which is produced among civil society.

The activity brought together a diverse group of participants, including professors, researchers, people dedicated to music, and archive and museum management, members of the Armed Forces, demobilised people, activists, and peasants.

Photo Claudia Maya

The sessions shed light on the fact that academia still needs to open itself up and integrate other realities and types of knowledge when it comes to building historical memory. Although the academic sphere holds great responsibility as the producer of knowledge, it is far from being the only place in which to teach and learn about the past.

Building bridges is not an easy task and maintaining them is even more difficult. In order to continue this process, a trans media platform is being designed on which to share part of the experiences gathered during the event, and to open new pathways of exploration and reflection on the topic. In the second semester of 2019, it is expected to open the platform to the public.

(Text by Andrea Cagua. Revised by Claudia Maya).




On April 26, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the engineering auditorium at Universidad de Ibagué, will take place the seminar and workshop “Conflict, communication and mental health”, on empathic audiovisual methodology to be implemented during the recovery process of the victims of the armed conflict in Colombia.

The seminar and workshop is an activity part of the exploratory study supported by CAPAZ and coordinated from Universidad de Ibagué, entitled “Development of 4 of the 12 exploratory phases for the design and creation of the Centre of Audio-visual Memory for Peace in Tolima”.

In January 2019 a first event was held in the development of this exploratory study. This time, the participants will meet again to socialize the methodology built during that first experience.

Please confirm your participation here until 12:00 on April 24, 2019.

Further information (in Spanish)



International workshop at the University of Erfurt

The German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ and the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt are pleased to invite to the international workshop entitled “Peace Process in Colombia: Security reconfigurations and international responses”.

The workshop will take place from 23-25 April 2019 in Erfurt, Germany.

Participants will attend panels and discussions based on policy briefs on following main topics:

– Security situation in Colombia and in the Colombian-Venezuelan border

– Reincorporation of former FARC-EP combatants

– Social inclusion and employment reintegration of former FARC-EP combatants

– Environmental Peace: Natural resources and substitution of illicit crops

– Pedagogy and education for peace in the context of transition

The workshop will include the screening of the documentary and a conversation with the filmmaker of “Chocolate de Paz. A second event will be the talk of Andrei Gómez-Suárez (University of Bristol/Red Rodeemos el Diálogo (ReD)) entitled “Civil society support and transnational peacebuilding: between democracy promotion and political interference”.

Download the workshop’s programme (in Spanish)

Additional information and contact: Solveig Richter


Popular consultations and environmental democracy

Photo: Workshop’s organization.

Colombia has a proud tradition of local and regional referendums about of so-called mega-projects, such as dams and mines. This consultative tradition emerged alongside the Colombian Constitution in the early 90s. However, a recent ruling by the Constitutional Court cast doubts about the appropriateness and legitimacy of local referendum to determine the future of large-scale projects.

You can read: “Consultas populares y democracia frente a la paz ambiental” by Cecilia Roa García (CIDER, in Spanish).

The workshop on popular consultations and environmental democracy took place at Universidad de los Andes on March 15, 2019 in order to discuss this issue. It brought together more than 100 participants (including representatives of social movements and researchers from other universities).

The seminar-workshop was organized by Centro Interdisciplinario de Estudios sobre Desarrollo (CIDER) of Universidad de los Andes, in collaboration with the CAPAZ Institute, Heinrich Böll Foundation in Colombia, National Environmental Movement and the Freie Universität Berlin.

The first panel discussed the implications of the ruling by the Constitutional Court and other legal mechanisms available to defend earth. Especially now, in the post-conflict phase, new investors show a heightened interest in Colombia. It is more important than ever to evaluate the impact of any proposed mega-project, especially if it implicates extractive activities. Juan Felipe García Arboleda, Rodrigo Negrete and Diana Murcia participated in the first debate.

Photo: Workshop’s organization.

Anchored in Colombia’s vibrant movement of indigenous communities, the concept of “life” is not only attributed towards living beings but also to lakes, rivers and streams. According to Rodrigo Negrete, this concept needs to be understood and considered, even though it falls outside of the spectrum of comprehension for many companies who seek to invest in the business of extractivism.

The second panel was moderated by Kristina Dietz (FU Berlin), with the participation of the experts in environmental law, Vanessa Suelt and Diana Rodríguez Franco. The panel discussed in detail the implications of the mentioned court ruling and focussed on the future of environmental activism in Colombia. Despite the ruling of the Constitutional Court, Colombia counts with some of the most progressive environmental laws on the continent, according to the panelists.

Despite the seemingly unsurmountable number of environmental problems Colombia faces at present, the tools and potential to achieve powerful and robust environmental standards when deterening the future of mega-projects are given. The rights on their territories of Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities are given by the Constitution and the Constitutional Court. Other groups, such as small-scale fishing communities are particularly vulnerable and need to be considered when evaluating the impact of new investments. The challenge in the coming years and decades will be to choose cases and arguments which provide fertile ground for a holistic and balanced environmental legislative agenda. (In Collaboration with Johannes Butcher).

You can watch the video on the topics and conclusions of the Workshop produced by Heinrich Böll Foundation in Bogota (in Spanish).


Lecture of CAPAZ Academic Director at event of the GGS-Graduate Center at JLU

On 15 May, 2019 at 6:00 p.m., Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters will hold his lecture entitled “The difficult road to peace: Interdisciplinary perspectives on post-conflict in Colombia” (Der schwierige Weg zum Frieden: Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven auf den Post-Konflikt in Kolumbien) at the Justus Liebig University Giessen.

Dr. Peters has been invited to participate with his lecture at the Summer Celebration of the GGS-Graduate Center for Social, Economic and Law Studies (Gießener Graduiertenzentrum Sozial-, Wirtschafts- und Rechtswissenschaften – GGS) at JLU.


JLU Central Building (Hauptgebäude der Universität) – Rektorenzimmer

Justus Liebig Universität Giessen – Ludwigstraße 23, D-35390 Gießen

The register should be via email at:

Further information (in German/English)