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Kai Ambos’ Book on National Socialist Criminal Law is launched in Bogota


Prof. Dr. Kai Ambos‘ new book entitled Derecho penal nacionalsocialista: continuidad y radicalización (National Socialist Criminal Law: Continuity and radicalisation) will be launched in Bogotá, as part of the Cycle of Conferences organised by the Colegio de Abogados Rosaristas at Universidad del Rosario, in association with the Centro de Estudios de Derecho Penal y Procesal Penal Latinoamericano (CEDPAL) at the University of Göttingen.

The launch event will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. in the Music Room of the Hilton Hotel (Carrera 7 #72-41, Bogotá, Colombia).

The book edited by the publishing group tirant lo blanch will be presented as part of the “Dogmática y DP Nazi” discussion. The author Prof. Ambos will participate in the event along with commentators Prof. Fernando Velásquez V. (Universidad Sergio Arboleda) and Carlos Guillermo Castro C. (Universidad del Rosario).

More information and contact:

Colegio de Abogados Rosaristas: Facebook / Web page – CEDPAL: Web page

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


CAPAZ 2019 Young Researchers Congress: Interdisciplinary and International Perspective on Young Research on Peace in Colombia

Participants in the CAPAZ 2019 Young Researchers Congress in Medellín. Photo: U de A


Seven master’s and doctoral students from various universities in Colombia participated in the second version of the CAPAZ International Congress of Young Researchers, held on November 6 and 7, 2019. The students’ proposals were selected on the basis of a call for proposals.

The young researchers Natalia Maya Llano (Universidad de Antioquia), Sandra Botero Delgado (Universidad de Caldas), Ginna Rivera Rodríguez (Universidad de los Andes), Carolina Giraldo (Universidad de Caldas), Melissa Martínez (Universidad del Norte); and the young researchers Brayan Andrés López Matamoros (Universidad Nacional de Colombia) and Jaime Andrés Parra Ospina (Universidad de Antioquia), presented their research projects and discussed their progress with each other and together with expert academics.

The CAPAZ science collaborator and CEDPAL researcher (University of Göttingen), Juliette Vargas also presented the advances of her doctoral research.

The International Congress of Young Researchers CAPAZ 2019 was organised by the CAPAZ Institute and Universidad de Antioquia, an associate member of CAPAZ, and was held at Ciudad Universitaria in Medellín.

Research lines

The exchange of ideas on the proposals and constructive criticism were guided by three outstanding experts in the lines of research developed by CAPAZ: Axel Rojas (Universidad del Cauca) worked on the “peace, conflicts and territorial reconfigurations” axis; John Zuluaga (Universidad Sergio Arboleda) on the “Transitional Justice and Human Rights” axis, and Gabriel Alberto Ruíz (Universidad de Medellín) on the “peace building: memory and education” axis.

The agenda included a panel of experts from the University of Groningen (Netherlands), who discussed issues of memory, conflict and post-conflict digital narratives from Peru, Chile and Colombia.

Interdisciplinary debate with a view to co-operation

One of the most important issues to emerge from the two days of intense research and academic debate on issues related to conflict and peace, with emphasis on the situation in Colombia  was the importance of developing research from different disciplines and approaches, to bring academia closer to the country’s social, political and economic reality.

From the CAPAZ Institute, we continue to affirm our interest in continuing to promote cooperation networks between different universities in Colombia, Germany, and other countries around peacebuilding in Colombia. We hope to continue with future versions of this important academic space for young researchers, and for experts and the interested public.

The Young Researchers Congress is one of the most important CAPAZ activities. The accomplishment of this second congress, in cooperation with Universidad de Antioquia, demonstrates the consolidation of research spaces for the new generation of peace researchers in Colombia.

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


Forum: Women in Truth Commissions in Peru and Colombia


The forum entitled “Women in Truth Commissions in Peru and Colombia: Challenges, Learnings, and Recommendations for the Colombian Case” will take place on Thursday, November 28, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Universidad de los Andes (Room SD1003) in Bogotá.

This is the first CAPAZ supported event related to the research project on truth commissions and gender.

During the event, the Recommendations Document for the inclusion of the gender perspective in the Truth Commission in the Colombian Caribbean will be presented within the framework of the research coordinated by CIDER entitled “Inclusion of the effects experienced by women and their resistance processes in the Truth Commissions of Peru and Colombia: Retro and prospective views of transitional justice”.

The main objectives of the forum are to present the Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence and Non-Repetition (CEV) and the High-Level Instance for the follow-up to the implementation of the gender approach, proposals and recommendations of the women’s organisations of victims of the Caribbean region, and to strengthen the work of women and victims so that they can participate in the Integral System and in peacebuilding.

As part of the agenda, the CAPAZ Science Collaborator, Juliana González Villamizar, will present the project on truth commissions in Peru and Colombia. International researchers from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú will also participate.

Admission is free with prior registration through the online form

Download the forum agenda (in Spanish)

More information and contact:

Cider – Centro Interdisciplinario de Estudios sobre Desarrollo // Tel: (57-1) 339 4949 Ext.: 2665-2656

Instituto CAPAZ –


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


Conversatorio sobre Reforma Rural Integral con moderación del Director Académico de CAPAZ

El martes, 12 de noviembre de 2019, a las 5:00 p.m. en la Universidad Nacional de Colombia en Bogotá (Auditorio Armando Bermúdez García de la Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias, Edificio 500) tendrá lugar el conversatorio titulado: “¿Ese tal acuerdo existe? Incertidumbre frente a la implementación de la Reforma Rural Integral”.

Los panelistas invitados son Flavio Rodríguez (Director Geografía – U. Externado); Pastor Alape (Delegado Partido FARC al CNR); Alix Morales (Lideresa – ACIT) y Eberto Díaz (Líder – FENSUAGRO). La moderación estará a cargo del Director Académico del Instituto Colombo-Alemán para la Paz – CAPAZ, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters.

La entrada es libre.

El evento es una invitación del Instituto CAPAZ, el Grupo de Investigación Estudios Rurales y Soberanía Alimentaria – ERSoA y la Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

Más información


Invitation to participate in the Dialogues on Latin America in Hofgeismar, Germany


The conference entitled (in German): Krisen-Klima: Umweltkonflikte aus lateinamerikanischer Sicht im Gespräch mit Kirchen, Wissenschaft, Politik und Zivilgesellschaft will be held from 24th to 26th January 2020 at the Evangelische Akademie Hofgeismar in Germany.

The general theme of the congress revolves around current issues such as climate change, pollution and environmental crises, which threaten human existence and the planet. The consequences are not only subscribed to the natural sciences, but affect aspects that are also addressed from the social, political and economic sciences. Emphasis will be placed on the situation in the Latin American region.

On January 25, 2020, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters, CAPAZ Academic Director and Professor at the Justus Liebig University Giessen will present his paper entitled (in German): “Neo-Extraktivismus in Lateinamerika nach dem Ende des Rohstoffbooms”, in the panel on the topic of neo-extractivism and the green economy.

The event is organised by CAPAZ, CELA (Universität Kassel), and the Centre for Inter-American Studies (Universität Bielefeld) and Engagement Global of BMZ, in cooperation with CALAS and the Academia Evangelische Akademie Hofgeismar.

Registration deadline: December 20, 2019More information (in German).


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


Teilnahme des CAPAZ an einer Veranstaltung in Hamburg über die Landfrage und soziale Ungleichheiten in Kolumbien

Foto: Maximilian Wörner-Schönecker

Das deutsch-kolumbianische Friedensinstitut Instituto CAPAZ, die Lateinamerika Studien (LASt) und der AStA der Universität Hamburg führten am 30. Oktober 2019 die Veranstaltung „Soziale Ungleichheiten und Landfrage: Herausforderung für den kolumbianischen Friedensprozess“ durch.

Der Direktor des CAPAZ Instituts, Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters, analysierte in seinem Vortrag die Frage: Wie viel Ungleichheit verträgt der Friedensprozess? Die kolumbianische Wissenschaftlerin Diana Carolina Sanabria Ramírez, LL.M. (Universität Konstanz) beschäftigte sich mit einem der repräsentativsten Beispiele für Ungleichheit in Kolumbien, die Konzentration von Land. An der Veranstaltung und der anschließenden lebendigen Diskussion nahmen über sechzig Interessierte teil, unter ihnen kolumbianische Bürgerinnen und Bürger aus Hamburg.

PPT zum Vortrag von Diana Sanabria (Deutsch).

(Deutsche Fassung: Diana Sanabria, Claudia Maya).


Clandestine market of knowledge and useful non-knowledge No. 22


The Truth Commission and the Mobile Academy of Berlin present the clandestine market of knowledge and useful non-knowledge No. 22 entitled “Of amphibious cultures, container ports and liquid tombs: Colombian stories about water“, which will be held on Saturday 23 November 2019 at the Teatro Faenza in Bogotá (Calle 22 #5-56).

Open doors for registration with experts: 5 p.m. / Finishing: 10:00 p.m. Free entrance for spectators! Public admission continues until 9:30 p.m.

This is an artistic project implemented for the Truth Commission of the Mobile Academy of Berlin, organised by Mapa Teatro in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and Universidad Central, and supported by CAPAZ and Banco de la República. Funded by the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Goethe-Institut.

What is it?

The clandestine market of knowledge and useful non-knowledge is an artistic project that uses surprising ways to explore and present dialogue, creating an artistic resonance with the work of the Truth Commission, which seeks to imagine a future society. It is not a panel, nor are there lectures: if you are interested in understanding complex issues that are presented in different ways, then you have come to the right place! Welcome to the great murmur.

The Berlin Mobile Academy is a group of artists, scientists and architects who have organised clandestine markets since 2004. After touring the world, clandestine market No. 22 arrives in South America for the first time at the invitation of the Truth Commission. It brings together sixty experts from different parts of the country to talk about water. These stories reflect the conflicts, their past and present, involving the waters of Colombia: rivers, wetlands, lagoons, oceans and sewers.

From these stories emerges a Colombian hydrology of the past, present and future. It compiles the experience and situated knowledge of the local inhabitants, from Barú through to the Amazon, passing through the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, among many others. It tells the stories of people, plants and animals in different regions, generations and disciplines.

How it works

The public can book shifts with experts to have individual 30-minute conversations, or listen to the conversations of others via clandestine market radio. From 5 p.m. onwards you can book individual 30-minute shifts for dialogue with experts. This space will cost 1000 pesos (COP). A total of 156 talks will be offered during the night, with registration available until 9:30 p.m.


Mercado clandestino: programme (in Spanish) / WebsiteFacebook


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


CAPAZ 2019 Young Researchers Congress Programme



Together with Universidad de Antioquia, and in partnership with the University of Groningen, CAPAZ is pleased to share the programme for the International Congress of Young Researchers, which will take place at the Ciudad Universitaria in Medellín on November 6-7, 2019. 

This year’s version of the congress is entitled “Peace and Post-Conflict Narratives in University Research”, and will be held during the week of cooperation and joint work between professors and researchers at Universidad de Antioquia, the University of Groningen (Netherlands) and the CAPAZ Institute.

The purpose of the congress is one the one hand to present the experiences, projects and research studies of young master’s and doctoral students in Colombia, whose work addresses some of the phenomena of peacebuilding and transition processes in Colombia.

On the other hand, the academic event also encourages the strengthening of joint initiatives between the above-mentioned universities and the CAPAZ Institute, with emphasis on cooperation and the development of peacebuilding projects in the department of Antioquia.


The academic programme for the CAPAZ 2019 Congress of Young Researchers includes several panels including a panel of researchers from the University of Groningen; three panels of young researchers on a) peace, conflicts and territorial reconfigurations, b) transitional justice and human rights, and c) memory and education.

Researchers Axel Rojas (Universidad del Cauca), Gabriel Alberto Ruíz (Universidad de Medellín), and Yesid Reyes (Universidad Externado de Colombia) will give keynote lectures during the Congress.

We would also like to highlight the presentation of a mapping of the Universities’ peacebuilding research projects: articulation and coordination for peacebuilding.


Take a look at the programme for the 2019 CAPAZ Congress of Young Researchers (in Spanish).


For more information:


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


From Manizales to Berlin: MA Student at Universidad de Caldas at the CAPAZ 2019 Summer School

Lorena Patricia Delgado together with Professor Camilo Borrero from the Universidad Nacional. Photo: Universidad de Caldas

CAPAZ associate member, Universidad de Caldas, joined us for the CAPAZ 2019 Summer School in Berlin, Germany.

Lorena Patricia Delgado Enríquez, second semester student of the Master’s in Social Justice and Peacebuilding at Universidad de Caldas, was one of the scholarship recipients of the academic school. The student is co-investigator for the project “Hilando capacidades políticas para la transición en los territorios de la IES aliada Universidad Autónoma de Manizales”.

According to Universidad de Caldas, the thematic axes of the academic school are in consonance with the object of the master’s degree, since they promoted “theoretical reflection and the generation of knowledge about social justice and peace-building processes as localised social action”.

The CAPAZ Summer School 2019 entitled “¿Una paz excluyente? Construcción de paz en contextos desiguales” took place from 23 to 27 September 2019 in Berlin at FU Berlin, one of the CAPAZ founding members. The school included theoretical sessions and a cultural programme in Berlin.

(Text: Claudia Maya, from: Universidad de Caldas/Lucas Escudero. English version: Tiziana Laudato).


First workshop of the JEP and CEV accompaniment project

Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters. Photo: Claudia Maya/CAPAZ

On October 3 and 4, 2019, CAPAZ, together with the Centre for the Study of Latin American Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure (CEDPAL) of the University of Göttingen, the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) and the Truth Commission (CEV) held a workshop entitled “Dialogue with universities on reporting to the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) and the Truth Commission (CEV)” at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) in Bogotá.

The workshop is one of the activities developed as part of the project entitled “Stabilisation of Peace in Colombia through Justice and Truth”, aimed at strengthening the Integral System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition (SIVJRNR), which receives funding from the German Federal Foreign Office.

Regional dialogue between institutions and academia

The main achievement of the October 2019 conference was to open up a dialogue involving representatives of the state institutions JEP and CEV -created as a result of the Final Agreement signed in Havana in 2016- and professors from CAPAZ associate universities located in different parts of Colombia.

Representatives of CEV, JEP and the Procuraduría participated in the workshop. Photo: Claudia Maya/CAPAZ

Submission of reports

Teachers with experience in issues related to working with victims, violence and post-conflict were trained by members of JEP and the CEV to write reports according to their guidelines.

The reports will be used as input for the institutions’ execution of the tasks. In this respect, they must comply with certain parameters and take into account the thematic axes of the research carried out by these institutions.

The importance of these documents lies in the fact that, on the one hand, they come from professionals and entities that work hand in hand with communities and human rights and victims’ organisations. On the other hand, they contribute to the construction of a polyphonic truth, since they allow the victims’ voices, their experiences and views that respond to the country’s different realities to reach state institutions and have an impact on them.

Group of participants. Photo: Claudia Maya/CAPAZ

Contribution of the academia in the regions

The participants in the event and their universities, are key actors: through their own research projects and the close work with the communities and human rights and victims’ organisations of their regions, they could enable the preparation of rigorous documents that reflect the voice of each community or entity and narrate the violence experienced, with a possible impact on the key state institutions in the SIVJRNR.


Other workshops and activities will be held within the framework of this project, as will the production of publications. The following workshop, which will take place during the last weeks of November 2019, will be a replica of the first one addressed to CAPAZ partner universities in Bogotá.

Further information:

Astrid Orjuela:
Valentina Pardo:


(Text: Valentina Pardo, Claudia Maya, English version: Tiziana Laudato).