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Inscripciones abiertas para congreso internacional sobre gobernanza de la ciencia y la innovación

El Instituto CAPAZ invita a las personas interesadas a inscribirse al Congreso Internacional “Gobernanza de la Ciencia y la Innovación. Hacia el Desarrollo Inclusivo”, organizado por la Red de Gobernanza y Gestión del Conocimiento, la Ciencia, la Tecnología y la Innovación (Red GCTI), el cual tendrá lugar los días 31 de julio, 1 y 2 de agosto de 2019 en Bogotá, Colombia.

Las inscripciones para asistir al evento estarán abiertas hasta el 30 de junio de 2019, a través del enlace a la página web del congreso. El Director Administrativo de CAPAZ, Dr. Carlos Nupia coordina la línea temática titulada: “Ciencia, paz e inclusión”.

El evento es una invitación de la Universidad Externado de Colombia, la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, la Universidad de los Andes, el Observatorio Colombiano de Ciencia y Tecnología y la Asociación Colombiana para el Avance de la Ciencia.

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The presentation of the commentary on the Amnesty Law, a publication edited by researchers Kai Ambos and Gustavo Emilio Cote Barco, took place on Tuesday 28 May 2019 at the premises of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace – JEP in Bogotá.

The event included a dialogue with the editors, former Colombian Minister of Justice Yesid Reyes Alvarado, and was moderated by Marie-Christine Fuchs, Director of the Rule of Law Programme for Latin America at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. The President of the JEP, Patricia Linares, also participated.

The conversation was attended by JEP staff, academics from the legal field, students and people interested in the learning about the complete and systematic commentary on Law 1820 of 2016 or Amnesty Law in Colombia, published by the Rule of Law Programme for Latin America of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and CAPAZ.

CAPAZ recently published the document, Policy Brief 3-2019, with recommendations on the benefits of this law and some of the difficulties in its implementation, by the same editors of the commentary.

This brief document provides a broader public with the technical-legal terms in the form of a conclusion and recommendations, formulated by both researchers on the aspects outlined in the Policy Brief.


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



Photo: JEP

A workshop entitled “International Criminal Law and JEP“, organised by the German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ; the Centre for Latin American Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Studies – CEDPAL, attached to the University of Göttingen; and the Special Jurisdiction for Peace – JEP, was held at the Special Peace Jurisdiction (JEP) in Bogotá, on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.

The workshop was one of the joint activities agreed upon by the three institutions, in the context of the cooperation agreement they recently signed at the CAPAZ Institute headquarters in Bogotá, during the visit of Heiko Maas, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany.

You can read more about the visit of Maas in CAPAZ (in German).

The workshop was led by Prof. Dr. Kai Ambos, Director General of CEDPAL, representative of the University of Göttingen in the German-Colombian CAPAZ consortium, Amicus Curiae of the JEP, and Magistrate of the Special Court for Kosovo.

The event was organised by Auxiliary Magistrate Diego Tarapués of the Review Section of the Peace Tribunal and CEDPAL researcher. Almost a hundred civil servants of the JEP, especially Magistrates of the Peace Tribunal, Magistrates of the Chambers of Justice, Auxiliary Magistrates and Prosecutors of the Investigation and Prosecution Unit, discussed two topics during the day: (i) Command Responsibility, and (ii) Examination of Extradition Requests.

Command Responsibility

Photo: JEP

Prof. Kai Ambos gave a general presentation of the characteristic elements of this figure of attribution of criminal responsibility contained in Art. 28 of the Rome Statute (Responsibility of chiefs and other superiors).

He detailed the type of relationship that should exist between the superior and the subordinate and pointed out that Colombian guerrilla groups, tend to be more organised in this respect than many African countries.

He stressed the importance of considering not only the jurisprudence of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on the issue, which is basically reduced to the two judgments in the case of Jean-Pierre Bemba. For the jurist, it is necessary to analyse the developments reached by ad hoc criminal tribunals that are part of international criminal jurisprudence. In this sense, he emphasised the importance of case law in the development of command responsibility.

Professor Ambos further stressed the importance of inference in obtaining the subjective component in command responsibility and clarified that other statutes did not have a causal link clause, which only appears with the issuance of the Rome Statute. He also pointed out that, although there must be a causal link, this should not be understood as sine qua non causality in the strict sense of the word.

After making a general outline of the errors considered by the Appeals Chamber of the ICC in the second instance decision of the Bemba case, he critically analysed the sentence of the Criminal Cassation Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of Colombia of December 5, 2018, which deals with the possible use of the figure of Command Responsibility in the Colombian criminal justice system.

In his critical reading of the judgement, Professor Ambos stresses that the nature of the figure is not clarified in the judgement, but is sometimes treated as a “form of participation” and in other parts of providence as an “author”. He also questions that the requirement of knowledge is taken as fraud and that the “causal relationship” is confused with the expression “facilitate” commission and increase risk.

You may be interested: Seminario (workshop) sobre la Ley de procedimiento de la Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz (JEP) en la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana en Bogotá (mayo 27 y 28 de 2019) (in Spanish)

Examination of Extradition Requests

In relation to the second theme of the workshop, Prof. Kai Ambos presented the generalities of the traditional extradition regime. He clarified the scope of the principles of double incrimination and reciprocity (do ut des), as well as the existing normative obstacles (for example, the case of political crimes). Through examples, he shared the German experience in extradition, not only of this mechanism of international judicial cooperation, but also of the so-called European Arrest Warrant (EAW), in accordance with the Council Framework Decision on the European arrest warrant and the surrender procedures between Member States of 2002.

He presented important reflections for the unique work of the Peace Tribunal, especially for the Review and Appeals Sections, on the guarantee of non-extradition and the standard of proof in foreign and comparative law. He exemplified the intensity of the examination of an extradition request in view of the German Act on International Judicial Assistance in Criminal Matters.

For the ordinary extradition of foreigners, in view of the constitutional prohibition on extraditing Germans themselves, the law requires that extradition be “admitted only if the facts on which sufficient suspicion is based are indicated” and “if the extradition documents are not sufficient to determine the admissibility of the extradition, the Land High Court shall make a decision only after the requesting State has been given the opportunity to submit additional documents”, being able to “set a time limit for the submission of such documents” and with the possibility of “obtaining additional evidence concerning the admissibility of the extradition”.

Kai Ambos also explained how in the surrender procedure, within the framework of a EAW where there is a higher level of trust and integration between the member states of this Community instrument, it is possible to request (urgently) complementary information necessary to continue with the surrender procedure; and that sometimes the documentation presented by the requesting State is not enough.

Photo: JEP

The questions posed by the workshop participants focused on inquiring into dogmatic clarifications on issues related to authorship, participation, and command responsibility, as well as practical concerns about specific cases resolved by German judicial authorities, extradition cases and requests for surrender under the EAW.

This is the second workshop after the first academic meeting of this kind in November 2018.  The recent exercise served to generate a productive legal discussion on issues of international criminal law, foreign criminal law, and comparative law, with references and analysis of the jurisprudential developments generated by the jurisdictional bodies of the JEP. These academic spaces contribute to the strengthening of the analytical capacities of t JEP staff through dialogues that foster the transfer of knowledge and academic cooperation.


(Text: Diego F. Tarapués Sandino. Revision: Claudia Maya. English version: Tiziana Laudato).



Photo: U. de A.

Participants in the seminar entitled: “Writing to heal, understand, and make memory” met on May 10, 2019 at Ciudad Universitaria, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, to share experiences on overcoming pain and building memory through autobiographical writing.

The meeting was organised by the “Psychology, society and subjectivities” research group at the Department of Psychology at Universidad de Antioquia, and coordinated by professor and researcher Orfaley Ortiz Medina, who in turn led the CAPAZ-supported exploratory study titled “Autobiographical writing, subjective reparation and the construction of memory in women living in Medellín who are victims of the political violence”, one of the research projects on which the seminar was based.

Writing is serenity, voice, and hope

Researchers who coordinated the seminar. Photo: Hanna Thiesing

During the seminar, researchers presented the results of advanced research projects on the effects of subjective writing in overcoming acts of violence or forced displacement.

The presentations analysed the motivations that writing aroused in participants affected by different forms of violence; the transformations in the processes of pain or mourning as a result of writing; and, finally, how this exercise could contribute to the construction of memory.

The exercise of writing poses different transformations in each individual. In the first instance, words are a vehicle to pass from a situation (violent, victimising) of the past to a vision of the future; to pass from a story told from the “outside” (as official stories, for example) to an inner, personal story.

In the end, autobiographical writing raised the possibility of transforming an individual pain into a shared pain, silence into words.

Photo: U. de A.

Bridges and bonds are strengthened between those who write and share their texts -living texts-, and between them and those who read the texts. It is the recognition of the power that people (who no longer consider themselves as victims but survivors) have over their victimisers.

In sincere gratitude to Mary Luz, Jota, the two Rosalbitas, Ilda, Lucelly, Ady, María, Mónica… who bravely shared their texts, and their lives through them, on that sunny afternoon in Medellín.


“Writing to heal, understand, and remember”: video made within the framework of the study “Political effects of subjectivation on victims of violence, participating in writing processes” (project approved in the Convocatoria Programática Área de Ciencias Sociales, Humanidades y Artes 2016). Produced by: the “Psychology, Society and Subjectivities” research group at the School of Social and Human Sciences, Department of Psychology, Universidad de Antioquia, 2018. In Spanish.


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


Regional Thought in the Post-Agreement: “They are reading us from Bogotá”

The Forum on “Regional Thought in the Post-Agreement”, organized by a network of institutions including the Centro de Estudios Regionales del Sur (CERSUR), Universidad Surcolombiana, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, and Universidad del Rosario, ended on Friday, 24th of July. The Forum constituted an important scenario from which to read the peace process from the regions, in this case, from the Southern Colombian region.

Conversation: Towards the Construction of Organic Networks of Knowledge and Political Action. Photo: Jairo Baquero

The CAPAZ Administrative Director, Dr. Carlos Nupia, participated in the debate titled “Towards the Construction of Organic Networks of Knowledge and Political Action”. The discussion concluded with the need to explore peace topics incorporating the knowledge produced in the country’s different regions, in which there are university and civil society initiatives that should be more broadly recognized.

One of the axes of the discussion was the concept of “situated knowledge”, which is produced with a very clear territorial reference and provides evidence that is directly systematised by local actors. The recognition of this type of knowledge would prevent the sensation that “they are reading us from Bogotá”, an expression used by CERSUR researcher, Tania Gómez. As a result, critical analyses from the regions could counterbalance the vision traditionally provided by research centres located in major cities.

Dr. Nupia reiterated CAPAZ Institute’s interest in exposing the new centres of knowledge production that emerge in different parts of Colombia and produce systematic research to inform decision makers. He also took the opportunity to invite the attending researchers to register on the NETCAPAZ platform, constructed to highlight the work of Colombian and German researchers working on peace issues.


Conversation: “Coca and peasants. From territory to the world anti-drug policy”. Tania Gómez and Isabel Peñaranda. Photo:Carlos Nupia

The production of knowledge based on research conducted from the regions was analysed transversally in the different Forum debates that dealt with topics such as social organizations, ethnic conflicts, cooperativism and value chains, rural development and women, and conflict in the political transition.

The Forum also saw the launch of the trilogy of books: “De la Guerra a la Paz, Miradas desde la Academia” (From War to Peace, Views from the Academy), published by Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas and presented by its President, Professor Ricardo García Duarte. A session was also held to present documentaries and the museographic exhibition “Ethnicity and Territory Related Conflicts in the Post-Agreement”.

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Centro de Estudios Regionales del Sur (CERSUR)

Instituto para la Pedagogía, la Paz y el Conflicto Urbano (IPAZUD)





CAPAZ, el NIMD y la Universidad Javeriana realizan seminario: “Combatir la violencia con las palabras”


Los días 12 y 13 de junio de 2019 tendrá lugar en la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana en Bogotá el seminario de formación de facilitadores del diálogo titulado “Combatir la violencia con palabras”.

Cerca de cien líderes y lideresas sociales, representantes de la academia y de organizaciones de la sociedad civil se reunirán en un espacio abierto, pensado para compartir experiencias exitosas de diálogo y resolución no violenta de los conflictos.

El seminario es un evento organizado por el Instituto Holandés para la Democracia Multipartidaria (NIMD), el Instituto Colombo-Alemán para la Paz (CAPAZ) y el Instituto de Derechos Humanos y Construcción de Paz Alfredo Vázquez Carrizosa de la Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, una de las instituciones fundadoras del consorcio del Instituto CAPAZ, la cual será la sede del encuentro.

Dialogar para construir democracia y participación

El seminario “Combatir la violencia con palabras” se propone ofrecer un escenario de intercambio entre diversas aproximaciones desde la academia y experiencias regionales y locales de construcción de paz en diferentes territorios de Colombia. Durante los dos días de sesiones, las personas participantes podrán obtener herramientas prácticas para el diálogo eficaz e inclusivo,como elemento esencial de la vida política democrática.

El objetivo concreto es facilitar habilidades para el diálogo interpartidario, la construcción de confianza y el fomento y la promoción de entendimientos y acuerdos entre los liderazgos en sus regiones y con las comunidades. A partir de conferencias magistrales, estudios de caso y talleres, las y los asistentes podrán conocer experiencias exitosas de organizaciones nacionales e internacionales que han impulsado espacios de diálogo y soluciones no violentas a la resolución de conflictos en diferentes escenarios.

Bogotá, punto de encuentro de las regiones de Colombia

Contaremos con la asistencia de dos participantes de cada uno de los territorios de Colombia en los cuales el NIMD ha realizado espacios de diálogo, como parte del desarrollo del proyecto Acción Democrática para la Paz, financiado por la Unión Europea.

Adicionalmente, se han dispuesto sesenta (60) cupos dirigidos a investigadoras, investigadores, universidades e instituciones de investigación sobre los estudios de paz y conflicto, en el contexto actual de transición en Colombia.


Seminario: “Combatir la violencia con palabras” – Pontificia Universidad Javeriana en Bogotá, Colombia:

Miércoles, 12 de junio de 2019 – 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. –  Salón 411 del Edificio Gabriel Giraldo (03)

Jueves, 13 de junio de 2019 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Salón 402 del Edificio Jesús Emilio Ramírez (54)

Agradecemos a todas las personas interesadas en asistir. La inscripción al evento ya ha cerrado.


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NIMD-Comunicaciones Colombia:



The German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ, in partnership with the Master’s in Literary Studies and Creative Writing at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, is pleased to invite Colombian author Laura Restrepo to a lecture entitled “Literature, Disaster and Peace. Local and Global Scenario”, which will be held on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. in the Auditorium of the Science and Technology Building at Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá. Admission is free.

By invitation of CAPAZ, the Colombian writer will also participate in a public discussion on literature, violence and memory on June 5, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at CAPAZ headquarters in Claustro de San Agustín. This event is part of the CAPAZ Spotlight on Peace series of events and is organised in partnership with the Cultural Heritage Department at Universidad Nacional de Colombia.

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


The German Federal Foreign Office will host the Conference on Latin America and the Caribbean Initiative 2019 on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

Heiko Maas, Germany’s Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, will meet in Berlin with his peers from various Latin American and Caribbean countries. Representatives from academia, industry, politics, social activism, culture, as well as opinion leaders from Germany and invited countries will also participate.

We are pleased to announce that CAPAZ will participate in this important event, in the panel on German-Latin American scientific cooperation organized by Dr. Jonas Wolff (Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, PRIF). Dr. Wolff, and Prof. Dr. Camilo Borrero (Universidad Nacional de Colombia) will be involved in the discussion. Both are spokespersons representing their founding institutions in the CAPAZ Consortium.

The CAPAZ researcher and the Chair for Peace at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Dr. Rosario Figari Layús will also participate in this panel, focusing on the discussion of contributions to peace research, specifically on topics such as transitional justice, socio-environmental conflicts, the dynamics of forms of violence and conflicts, and their prevention mechanisms.

The purpose of this meeting is to establish a common agenda between Germany and the Latin American-Caribbean region, with which common issues, challenges and goals can be discussed in areas such as scientific cooperation and economic and diplomatic relations. The conference will also serve as a setting in which to discuss issues such as climate change, the upholding of the rule of law, human rights, and other issues on the geopolitical agenda. The conference is organised by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.


CAPAZ Talks: Literature, Violence and Memory

As part of the academic agenda of the CAPAZ Spotlight on Peace series, during the first semester of 2019, the German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ, in partnership with the Cultural Heritage Directorate at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, is pleased to invite you to the discussion on literature, violence and memory, which will be held on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. at Claustro de San Agustín in Bogotá (Cra. 8 No. 7-21). Admission is free of charge.

Much of Colombia’s literature in recent decades reflects and elaborates on the violent events that have taken place in the country. Reflecting on German history, author Heiner Müller asserted that literature must maintain a dialogue with the dead in order to overcome the society’s historical trauma. Without this recovery – according to Müller – there could be no future.

What is the link between action and literary reflection, violence and the construction of memory? Does literature make any contribution to the construction of historical memory, in the case of Colombia specifically, a country in 50 years of armed conflict?

In this conversation, Reinhard Babel (director of the DAAD in Colombia and professor of literary studies at Universidad Nacional de Colombia) will talk with writer Laura Restrepo and writer Evelio Rosero about their motivations to dedicate their work to the topic of violence and the contribution of literature to the construction of memory in Colombia.

See you in the Claustro San Agustín for the CAPAZ Spotlight on Peace series!

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Gender, right-wing populisms and peace


The German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ, in partnership with the Geender School at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, is hosting an academic event to be held on May 31, 2019, on the topics of gender, right-wing populism, and peace in Colombia.


***Graduate students colloquium:

“Women and Peacebuilding in Colombia”

May 31, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


***Lecture by Prof. Dr. Julia Roth (Universität Bielefeld):

“Right-wing populism and gender: from ‘sexual exceptionalism’ to ‘ideological colonization'”.

May 31, 2019, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.


Both events are for free and will be held in the Salón Oval in the Posgrados de Ciencias Humanas building at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá.


Gender and Peace

In Colombia, struggles to claim the rights of women and LGBTI people have been affected, as in other Latin American countries, by the discourse around the so-called “gender ideology”.

With this expression, the discourse refers to the feminist and gender theories developed in recent decades, as well as to the movements of women and sexual minorities, as threats to the family and traditional values and thus promulgating homophobic, transphobic and opposition to women’s sexual and reproductive rights.

In our country, the discourse on the “ideology of gender” became popular in the framework of the endorsement of the peace agreements signed with the FARC-EP. In effect, pointing out the inclusion of LGBT people in the agreements as the work of the “gender ideology” provoked a campaign of rejection that considerably influenced the victory of the “No” vote by a small margin.

Today, discourse continues to permeate the public sphere and threatens to limit the transformative work that the transitional justice instruments stipulated in the peace agreement have envisioned with the inclusion of differential approaches to fulfilling the rights of women and LGBTI people to truth, justice, reparation and non-repetition.

In this discussion, we will have the participation of Professor Dr. Julia Roth from the University of Bielefeld, Germany, an expert in gender studies and right-wing populism, with whom we will discuss the nature and impacts of populism based on the limitation of the rights of women and sexual minorities in Latin America. The conference will be preceded by a colloquium of graduate students whose research revolves around the role of women and their movements in a context of political transition marked by the stigmatization of their struggles.

(Text by Juliana González Villamizar).

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