Thilo Marauhn

Justus Liebig University Giessen

Prof. Dr. Marauhn is the spokesman of the German consortium of CAPAZ. He is professor of Public Law and International Law at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany, and head of the newly established International Law Research Group of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. He chairs the German National Committee on International Humanitarian Law, is a member of the Advisory Board on United Nations Issues of the German Foreign Office and First Vice-President of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission. Thilo Marauhn has held visiting professorships at the Universities of Bergen, Madison (Wisconsin), Rovaniemi, Tromsø and California Western School of Law, San Diego; he holds a permanent visiting position at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. Among the various externally funded research projects, the most recent one addresses “UN policing – legal basis, status and directives on the use of force” (German Foundation of Peace Research).

Camilo Alberto Borrero García

Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Prof. Dr. Camilo Borrero is the spokesman of the Colombian consortium before CAPAZ. He studied Law at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia,  specialized in Family Law at the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), finished his Graduate Studies on Sociology at the KU Leuven (Bélgica) and obtained his PhD in Law at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He is Professor at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and works in the fields of Sociology of Law, Human Rights, Community Justice and Transitional Justice. Currently he is also coordinator of the PhD Programm in Law, and is member of the Peace Research Center “Centro de Pensamiento y Seguimiento a los Diálogos de Paz“ at the same university.

Stefan Peters

Academic Director – German-Colombian Peace Institute

Academic Director of the German-Colombian Peace Institute – CAPAZ and Chair of Peace Studies at the Justus Liebig University Giessen (Germany). He studied Political Science at the Philipps-University Marburg and Universidad Complutense de Madrid and obtained his PhD in Political Science at the University of Kassel (Germany). Stefan Peters works in the fields of Neo-Extractivism and Rentism, Social Inequalities, Education, Memory Studies, Development Theory and North South Relations. He has been visiting professor and researcher at universities in countries such as Cuba, Argentina, Ecuador and Puerto Rico.


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Stefan Peters, director académico del instituto CAPAZ

Juliette Vargas

Scientific Collaborator – German-Colombian Peace Institute and CEDPAL – Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Juliette Vargas has a Law Degree of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and a Law Master’s Degree (LLM in German) of the Humboldt-Universität (HU) in Berlin. Her academic and professional experience has been focused on international public law, as well as international criminal law, international human rights and international humanitarian law and on topics of environment law. She has worked in strategic litigation research with organizations such as the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights – ECCHR and the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective – CCAJAR. In the last years she has been working in topics related to transitional justice and the challenge of its implementation in Colombia. Additionally, she pursued Music Studies in Colombia and Germany. Mrs. Vargas’ position is financed by the University of Göttingen. Currently, she is PhD-candidate at the Göttingen University. Her research focuses on the Victim Participation at the Special Jurisdiction for Peace.

Rodolfo González Espinosa

Scientific Collaborator – German-Colombian Peace Institute and CEDPAL – Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Rodolfo González Espinosa is a researcher and doctoral candidate at the Centre for Latin American Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Studies (CEDPAL) of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, and a collaborator at the Colombo-German Institute for Peace (CAPAZ) in Bogotá, Colombia. He is a graduate of the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Mexico, and holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Law from the same university. Rodolfo González Espinosa is Secretary General of CEDPAL, where he has participated in numerous seminars and conferences on Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, Transitional Justice and International Criminal Law with emphasis on Latin America.

Rosario Figari Layús

Post-doctoral Researcher  – German-Colombian Peace Institute – Justus Liebig-Universität Gießen

Rosario Figari Layús works as a post-doc researcher at the Chair of Peace Studies at the Justus Liebig University of Giessen. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Phillips University of Marburg. Previously she earned a Master degree in Social Sciences from Humboldt University of Berlin and a degree in sociology from the University of Buenos Aires. Her areas of work and research are transitional justice, human rights, and political violence. She has worked as a researcher and lecturer at various institutions including the University of Buenos Aires, the University of Heidelberg, the Philipps University of Marburg, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (IKG) at the Bielefeld University and the University of Konstanz in Germany.

Indira Murillo

Project Director

Lawyer graduated from Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia (Neiva), she holds a Master´s Degree in International Legal Studies with a Specialization in International Human Rights and Gender and the Law from American University Washington College of Law, and an LL.M. from Ruprecht Karls – Universität Heidelberg.  Ms. Murillo has focused her work on Human Rights Issues, Transitional Justice, Nationality and Statelessness, International Migration, Gender-based violence and the Promotion of Gender Equality.

Throughout her career, Ms. Murillo has served in various positions, such as Lawyer at the Constitutional Court of Colombia, Consultant for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Colombia, Human Rights Fellow at the New York City Bar Association, and Dean´s Fellow at the War Crimes Research Office at American University Washington College of Law.  She has also taught International Public Law at two law schools in Bogotá, Colombia.

Andrea Neira

Scientific Collaborator – German-Colombian Peace Institute

Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University of Cauca, Master in Feminist and Gender Studies and Social Worker. She has been a university professor of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at several public and private universities in Colombia for more than eleven years. Andrea has also worked with the academic and administrative management of research and social projection,  as well as in the Monitoring Team for Reparative and Restorative Measures (ESMRR) of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP). Currently, Andrea is the coordinator of the CLACSO Working Group «Decolonial epistemologies, territories and culture», and a researcher of the Interdisciplinary Group for Gender Studies (GIEG), of the National University of Colombia. Furthermore, she is also part of the Working Group “Masculinities in Latin America. Frictions, leaks and fissures”. Her research topics are Masculinities, militarization, armed conflict and reincorporation processes; alternative and feminist economies; Youth subjectivities, hip hop, and peace; and Post-development, and alternatives to development. In 2019, Andrea won the Jorge Bernal Award for Social Research.


Paula Ortega

Administrative and Financial Director – German-Colombian Peace Institute
Master in Regional Sciences and Territorial Planning from the University of Karlsruhe (Germany), Economist from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Specialist in Social Economy from the Universidad de los Andes. She has professional experience in evaluation, monitoring and project management in various financial and social sectors. Among others, she was part of the Mission Management Team of the Agency for Reintegration and Normalisation of Colombia, responsible for the monitoring and quality of processes, plans and mission programmes. Since 2020, she is part of the CAPAZ / University of Giessen team in the coordination of the “Nodo Alemania” project from Germany. Since 2022 she is part of the administrative and financial team of CAPAZ.

Carolina Cerón

Administrative and Financial Coordinator – German-Colombian Peace Institute

National University of Colombia graduate majored in German Philology. With more than 5 years of professional experience on Academic and scientific International cooperation projects between Colombia and Germany, she is acquainted with the main stakeholders, decision making actors and organizations involved on the field of international higher education and scientific management on both countries.


Claudia Maya, M.A.

Coordinator Science and Education Diplomacy Project- CAPAZ-BMBF

Master of Arts in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies, University of Kassel, Germany and Stendhal University, Grenoble III, France. Claudia Maya has worked in the fields of communication and public relations, quality management systems, educational projects, culture and international cooperation, specifically in the cooperation between Colombia and German speaking countries. She has worked as a German teacher in Colombia and Switzerland, where she has been engaged in cultural projects and work integration, mostly for Spanish-speaking immigrants and refugees from conflict areas in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Lucía Alarcón

Assistant of Communication and Public Relations – German-Colombian Peace Institute

Anthropologist and journalist from the Universidad de Los Andes. She has professional experience in the communication and journalism environment, working in organizations such as La Silla Vacía, Climate Reality Latin America and different research groups at the Universidad de Los Andes. Thanks to these experiences, she acquired knowledge on issues such as production of digital content, creative dissemination of academic documents, exploration of different informational formats in which academy and publics establish an open dialogue to influence the political agenda of Colombia.

Laura Valencia Espinosa

Assistant NETCAPAZ Platform

Student of Languages ​​and Culture and Political Science on her last semester at Universidad de los Andes, with knowledge in the areas of International Relations and Comparative Politics. She is interested on topics such as International Organizations, International Cooperation and Peace Building. She joined the German-Colombian Peace Institute (CAPAZ) in August 2021 as a Trainee in Knowledge Management.

Jair Burgos

Administrative Assistant – German-Colombian Peace Institute – Project JEP-CEV

Accountant graduated from the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University. Work experience in financial and administrative affairs acquired in socio-economic projects funded by the private sector and non-governmental organizations. Jair has developed new training methods for people who have little or no knowledge in financial and tax areas, helping them to improve manual and financial skills. He has five years of experience in budget monitoring, administrative support, financial and tax support, and two years of experience assisting natural people in filing their income tax returns.

Daniela Alzate

Community Manager – German-Colombian Peace Institute

Master in Audiovisual Creation from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia), and Master in Visual Arts from the same university. Daniela has work experience in digital marketing, content creation, graphic design, and audiovisual production. For 3 years, she worked as a Social Media Manager for Teleaccion, a Contact Center Consulting and Training company in Colombia. She has also carried out parallel studies in Egyptology, Human Health and Climate Change, and Customer Experience through digital transformation.

Esteban Campo

Community Manager – German-Colombian Peace Institute

Industrial Engineering student at Universidad del Valle. He worked at AIESEC in Colombia in the areas of Organizational Development, Talent Management, and Communications. He has experience managing and creating content for social media, and he has worked with several social initiatives and organizations like Endeavor Colombia. Esteban is interested in topics such as leadership, group management, and visual arts.

Valentina González Martínez

Research assistant

Law student on her last semester at Universidad de Ibagué. She is interested in topics such as the protection of vulnerable populations, human rights, constitutional law, and international humanitarian law. She has experience working as a monitor for the “Legal Assistance Program for the Population in Need of International Protection and Victims of the Armed Conflict”, led by Universidad de Ibagué’s legal aid clinic. Valentina has participated in research and projects related to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Network of Territories for Peace (Red de Territorios por la Paz).