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July 2020 seminar in Göttingen on evidentiary analysis and participation of victims in proceedings before the JEP

The seminar “Evidentiary Analysis and Victim Participation in Proceedings before the Special Peace Jurisdiction (JEP)” will be held at the University of Göttingen, Germany, on Thursday, 16 July 2020, from 2:00 to 4:45 p.m.

The objective of the seminar is to discuss the drafts of two advanced studies on the above-mentioned topics with Colombian experts.

The guest experts are Carlos Castro Cuenca, Yesid Reyes (tbc), Diego Tarapués, Gustavo Emilio Cote Barco, Fernando Velásquez Velásquez, and Hernán Darío Orozco López. The seminar will be led by Prof. Dr. Kai Ambos.

One of the topics on the agenda will be the participation of victims before the JEP, based on the technical study prepared by Juliette Vargas, ECLAC researcher and CAPAZ science consultant, together with researchers Andrea Planchadell and Ana Beltrán.

The event will take place in the context of the project led by the Centre for the Study of Latin American Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure (CEDPAL), attached to the University of Göttingen and CAPAZ, in cooperation with the JEP and the Commission for the Clarification of the Truth (CEV) in Colombia. The project is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Programme (pdf)

 Coordination:

Susann Aboueldahab (CEDPAL/CAPAZ): susann.aboueldahab@jura.uni-goettingen.de

 

(Text NW009-2020: Claudia Maya, English version: Tiziana Laudato)

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International congress in Hofgeismar on the climate crisis in Latin America

Flyer of the event in Hofgeismar 2020

The Evangelische Akademie Hofgeismar in Germany will host the international congress on the climate crisis in Latin America from January 24 to 26, 2020 (title in German: Krisen-Klima: Umweltkonflikte aus lateinamerikanischer Perspektive im Gespräch mit Kirchen, Wissenschaft, Politik und Zivilgesellschaft).

The conference participants will discuss the global aspects of the various current environmental crises, from a perspective focusing on Latin America. Specifically, one of the themes of the meeting will be about the consumer dynamics in relations between Latin America and Europe. Another focus of the event is to formulate concrete solutions and creative responses to the ecological crisis in Latin America and globally.

The congress will bring together representatives, experts and practitioners from universities and institutions in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Latin America. The CAPAZ Academic Director and professor at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters, has been invited on January 25, 2020 to participate as a panellist in the discussion on neo-extractivism and the green economy. Later the same day, he will moderate the discussion on the effects and possible socio-political solutions to climate change.

Prof. Dr. Peters is a member of the steering committee of the congress, organised by CAPAZ; the Evangelical Hofgeismar Academy; the German universities in Kassel, Bielefeld and Giessen; the Centre for Latin American Studies (CELA-University of Kassel); and the Centre for Interamerican Studies, in cooperation with CALAS (Maria Sybilla Merian Centre) and supported by Engagement Global – Service für Entwicklungsinitiaven of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (In German: Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung).

Programme (PDF, in German)

More information (in German)

 

(Text NW007-2020: Claudia Maya, English version: Tiziana Laudato)

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Workshop on human rights, migration, and memory in Colombia at the University of Giessen

The German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ and the Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU) invite those interested to the workshop entitled “Human Rights: Migration and Memory in Colombia and Beyond” on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the JLU Giessen (Dekanatssitzungssaal des Fachbereichs 01 – Rechtswissenschaft, Licher Straße 72).

Colombian writer Laura Restrepo will participate as a commentator, together with JLU Giessen professor, Prof. Dr. Verena Dolle.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters, professor of peace studies at JLU Giessen and CAPAZ Academic Director will chair the event.

Researchers from Universidad de Antioquia and Universidad de Medellín (Colombia) and JLU Giessen (Germany) will join the event as speakers for two sessions on migration (in the morning) and the narrative production of memory to deal with the past (in the afternoon). In an international perspective, there will be a presentation on the path to reconciliation in Rwanda, Africa.

For more information and programme (web JLU Gießen)

That same day, January 21, 2020, Colombian writer Laura Restrepo will take part in a conversation at the Giessen Literary Centre about her literary work.

You may also be interested in: A discussion meeting with Colombian writer Laura Restrepo in Giessen, Germany 

 

Contact:

Prof. Dr. Verena Dolle: Verena.Dolle@romanistik.uni-giessen.de

Dr. Danae Gallo González: Danae.gallo-gonzalez@romanistik.uni-giessen.de

Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters: Stefan.peters@instituto-capaz.org

 

(Text NW006-2020: Claudia Maya, English version: Tiziana Laudato)

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Konflikte konstruktiv bearbeiten: kolumbianische Fachkräfte informieren sich über politische Bildung in Deutschland

Welche Rolle kann politische Bildung für Friedensprozesse einnehmen? Diese Frage ist für Kolumbien aktuell von großer Bedeutung und auch in Deutschland soll politische Bildung verstärkt zum gesellschaftlichen Zusammenhalt beitragen. Die Potenziale und Grenzen der politischen Bildung für die Stärkung des gesellschaftlichen Miteinanders stehen im Fokus einer einwöchigen Delegationsreise von zwanzig kolumbianischen MultiplikatorInnen aus Zivilgesellschaft, Wissenschaft, Bildung, Medien und Politik nach Deutschland.

Auf Einladung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Katholisch-Sozialer Bildungswerke (AKSB) und dem Deutsch-Kolumbianischen Friedensinstitut/Instituto Colombo-Alemán para la Paz (CAPAZ) informieren sie sich vom 13.-19. Januar 2020 über die Strukturen der politischen Bildung in Deutschland und diskutieren aktuelle Ansätze angesichts neuer Herausforderungen. Die Studienreise wird aus Mitteln der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb) gefördert und führt die Gruppe unter anderem nach Berlin, wo die Teilnehmenden Einblicke in die Strukturen der außerschulischen Bildungsarbeit, unter anderem mit einem Fokus auf die Gedenkstättenpädagogik, erhalten. Braunschweig, Kassel und Gießen sind weitere Stationen der Gruppen. Sie lernen dort Ansätze der schulischen und außerschulischen und der digitalen politischen Bildungsarbeit kennen. Das Programm endet mit einem Wissenschafts-Praxis-Workshop zur politischen Bildung in Gießen.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters, Direktor des Instituto CAPAZ, stellt die Potenziale der politischen Bildung für die Stärkung des kolumbianischen Friedensprozesses heraus: „Der Friedensprozess eröffnet Kolumbien die Möglichkeit auf eine bessere Zukunft. Für die erfolgreiche Gestaltung des Friedens braucht es für alle gesellschaftlichen Gruppen Zugang zu einer unabhängigen politischen Bildung. Wir freuen uns, dass wir dank der Zusammenarbeit mit der AKSB einen deutsch-kolumbianischen Austausch zum Thema ermöglichen können.“ Der Geschäftsführer der AKSB, Dr. Karl Weber, macht auf die wechselseitigen Impulse zwischen den Teilnehmenden aus Deutschland und Kolumbien aufmerksam: „Austausch ist nie einseitig. Als außerschulischer Träger der politischen Bildungsarbeit liegt uns die Stärkung der Zivilgesellschaft am Herzen. Deutschland und Kolumbien können viel voneinander lernen.“

Kontaktdaten:

Dr. Karl Weber: weber@aksb.de (+49-0151/12246447) / Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters: stefan.peters@instituto-capaz.org

Pressemitteilung und Programm (PDF)

(PM der AKSB. Spanische Fassung: Claudia Maya)

Die Tagung fand im September 2019 an der Universidad Nacional in Bogotá statt. Foto: Luis Enrique Sierra/CAPAZ

 

Lesetipp: Germany and Colombia promote citizen political education in Colombia (English)

Im September 2019 veranstalteten das Instituto CAPAZ und das Zentrum Centro de Pensamiento Nicanor Restrepo Santamaría (CeNiRS) der Universidad Nacional de Colombia die internationale Tagung zum Thema politische Bildung in Kolumbien. Die Veranstaltung wurde von der bpb unterstützt. Gäste aus Deutschland waren der Präsident der bpb, Thomas Krüger, und Professor Dr. Bernd Overwien eingeladen.

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Colombian writer Laura Restrepo in Giessen, Germany

Photo: Wikipedia

The Seminar of Romanistics of the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany and the German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ are pleased to invite to an session with the Colombian writer Laura Restrepo on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. in Giessen (KiZ (Kongresshalle, Südanlage 3a, 35390 Gießen).

During the talk, the Colombian author will share some passages from her recent novel “Los Divinos”, which will be launched in 2020. The meeting will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Verena Dolle and Danae Gallo González from the Justus Liebig University Giessen. Laura Restrepo will also participate in an academic workshop on the peace process in Colombia also at the same University.

In June 2019, Laura Restrepo participated in two CAPAZ-organised events, in association with the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. The first was held at Claustro San Agustín where she was joined by writer Evelio Rosero to discuss literature, violence and memory. And the second was the open conference entitled “Literature, disaster and peace. Local and Global Scenario”, given by the writer at Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá.

Laura Restrepo in Giessen, Germany:

Land der Geister. Die kolumbianische Erfolgsautorin Laura Restrepo im Gespräch 

Dienstag, 21.1.2020, 19:30 Uhr – KiZ (Kongresshalle) Südanlage 3a, 35390 Gießen

Weitere Infos (Deutsch)

 

(Text NW01-2020: Claudia Maya, English version: Tiziana Laudato)

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Workshops and technical roundtables led by Kai Ambos and Iván Meini in the Special Jurisdiction for Peace

As part of the project Stabilization of peace in Colombia through Justice and Truth, developed by the German-Colombian Peace Institute CAPAZ and CEDPAL, Prof. Dr. Kai Ambos and Prof. Dr. Iván Meini conducted two workshops and technical roundtables at the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) On December 4 and 5, 2019, in Bogotá.

This project is coordinated by CAPAZ and the Centre for the Study of Latin American Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure (CEDPAL) of the University of Gottingen, with funding from the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Kai Ambos during his workshop at the JEP. Photo: Claudia Maya

Among the different initiatives that are part of the project, the workshops and technical tables have been proposed as spaces for dialogue and academic discussion of judges and other officials of the JEP with national and international experts on current issues that concern the challenges and interests of this Jurisdiction.

Worth Reading: ficha técnica del proyecto CAPAZ/CEDPAL con la Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz (JEP) y la Comisión para el Esclarecimiento de la Verdad (CEV) en Colombia (in Spanish)

On this occasion, Prof. Dr. Kai Ambos, Director of CEDPAL, Magistrate of the Special Court for Kosovo and amicus curiae of the JEP in Colombia held a workshop and technical roundtable on the Material Relationship to Armed Conflict and the Standard of Evidence.

For his part, Prof. Dr. Iván Meini, former Anti-Corruption Prosecutor of Peru, Prosecutor in the case of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori and current Director of the Masters in Criminal Law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), held a workshop and technical roundtable on Command Responsibility in Organised Apparatus of Power.

Prof. Dr. Iván Meini from Peru. Photo: Claudia Maya

The events were well attended, with the participation and interest of judges and officials of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), thus confirming the importance of the issues addressed by the guest experts.

Four additional workshops and technical roundtables with the JEP are planned for 2020, to work on topics of interest and relevance to international criminal law, transitional justice and restorative justice, and which will also include the participation of high-level experts.

(Text: Valentina Pardo, Claudia Maya, and Juliette Vargas, English version: Tiziana Laudato)

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CAPAZ and Universidad del Cauca Seminar on Illegal Economies

Flyer of the event

 

The German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ together with Universidad del Cauca -an associate member of the CAPAZ Institute- invite those interested to the seminar on social dynamics and political economy of illegal economies, to be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Auditorium at Banco de la República (Cultural Area) in Popayán.

The event is free of charge.

Two panels will present and discuss experiences and approaches to issues and complex territorial problems that develop around the political economy and activities within illegal economies, in conflict and post-conflict contexts. The CAPAZ Academic Director and Professor of Peace Studies at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters; and the professor and researcher Axel Rojas, Universidad del Cauca spokesman at CAPAZ, will participate with their respective papers.

Download the briefing piece for the seminar here

More information directly with the Universidad del Cauca: tallerdetnografia@unicauca.edu.co

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

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Balance of doctoral conferences supported by CAPAZ at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá

A seminar entitled “Pedagogies of Truth” was held at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, organised by the PhD programme in social and human sciences run jointly by the university and CAPAZ.

In three sessions held on October 15, 22 and 29, 2019, experts from various universities discussed the spaces and mechanisms of transmission and pedagogisation of truth commissions, from a comparative perspective between Colombia, Peru and Chile, with an emphasis on the Colombian case.

Photo: PUJ

The first session entitled “Teaching Perspectives on History and Teaching Materials” was given by Professor Tatjana Louis (Universidad de los Andes). Her presentation focused on the revision of the concept of memory, the relationship between memory and the teaching of history, specifically, history courses as places of negotiation of the past and related texts.

In the second session, Professors Oriana Bernasconi, Marcela Ruiz and Elizabeth Lira (Universidad Alberto Hurtado de Chile) presented their contribution entitled “Pedagogical appropriations of documents recording human rights violations perpetrated by the dictatorship in Chile”.

The second session presented the Newton Project, which has studied the political technologies of memory, contemporary uses and appropriations of devices for recording human rights violations perpetrated by the civic-military dictatorship in Chile.

The research is based on registry devices that speak of rape and dictatorship, forms of resistance and collaboration, in the manner of genealogy: examples of this are human rights archives or press articles on victims.

The last session of the seminar entitled “From moral truth to straight truths. The narratives after the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission” was conducted by researcher José Carlos Agüero Solórzano (Instituto de Estudios Peruanos and of the restoration collective Tejiendo Memorias).

This session questioned the place of the political and moral consensus that arrives after the transitions and that articulates silences and hijacks the experience of others.

Professor Agüero described a piece of work carried out in his institution through a series of four-episode Podcasts, geared towards the construction of stories not usually told by commissions or that fall outside their spectrum, namely: the life of a woman militant of the extinct guerrilla group Sendero Luminoso; the story of a soldier; the story of the son of a disappeared person; and the collateral damage of a car bomb attack.

 

(Text: Diana Patricia Santana Jiménez -PhD student in social and human sciences-, Claudia Maya. English version: Tiziana Laudato)

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The Latin American Group of International Criminal Law together with prof. Kai ambos meet in Bogota

Afiche del evento

The meeting entitled Criminal responsibility of legal persons. International experiences in the field and good practices” will be held in Bogotá with the participation of Prof. Kai Ambos, director of the Centre for the Study of Latin American Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure (CEDPAL) attached to the University of Göttingen and spokesperson for this university at the CAPAZ Institute.

This meeting will be held on Monday, December 2, 2019, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Salón Muisca of the Hilton Hotel in Bogota, Colombia (Cra. 7 No. 72-41).

The event is free with online pre-registration

Prof. Kai Ambos will present his paper entitled “The criminal responsibility of transnational economic enterprises for international crimes from the perspective of International Economic Criminal Law”. Experts from Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Germany and Mexico will participate in the talks. The event is organised by the Rule of Law Programme for Latin America of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Foundation, specifically the Latin American Group on International Criminal Law.

Click here for the agenda of the meeting / Poster of the event (with link to pre-registration form)

 

More information and contact:

Andrés Villegas

Rule of Law Programme for Latin America of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung FoundationAndres.Villegas@kas.de

 

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

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This week: II International Symposium “Memory and peacebuilding in Colombia”

Photo: Performance “Antígonas: Tribunal de Mujeres” (Symposium)

The second international symposium “Memory and Peacebuilding in Colombia” will be held at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt (Germany) on November 27-29, 2019. The CAPAZ Institute Academic Director, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters, will discuss the issue of social inequality in Colombia with the Colombian expert Alejandro Reyes Posada.

The second symposium continues the reflection on peacebuilding and memory reconstruction processes begun in 2017 when the first version of the event was held. On this occasion, the symposium will focus on analysing the consequences of violence for Colombian society, its social fabric and collective imaginary, and forms of reparation through social and cultural initiatives and memory reconstruction initiatives created by the civilian population supported by various national and international organisations and institutions.

Given that Colombia currently has to deal with new forms of violence that have emerged following the signing of the peace agreements with the FARC in 2016, this second symposium is conceived as a space for dialogue between representatives of Colombian society and different German institutions, providing opportunities for academic exchange and strengthening Colombian democracy.

The implementation of the agreements has itself been a fragile process that reflects the existing socio-political polarisation in the country, as a result of a society traumatised by decades of violence and crisis in the development of forms of collective mourning, truth and reconciliation. The long process of transition towards peace in Colombia requires the participation of different actors with different experiences, memories, expectations, and needs.

 Agenda (in Spanish) / Blog (Spanish/German)

 

II Symposium “Memory and Peacebuilding in Colombia”
November 27, 28 and 29, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Westend Campus, IG, Classroom 311

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

 

(Text: Valentina Pardo. English version: Tiziana Laudato)

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