The institute establishes its teaching and academic as well as outreach activities in three phases, starting with a three-year development phase (2016-2019), followed by a four-year institutionalization phase and a three-year consolidation phase after mid-term evaluations.
An important aspect at the beginning will be the selection of the professor and director of the CAPAZ. The consortium aims at placing the professorship at one of the partner institutions.
The developmental phase will take off with a high-profile international opening conference, attended by academics and politicians from Colombia and Germany as well as further internationally renowned experts, addressing transitional justice and peacebuilding from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Emerging from this initial event, the CAPAZ will mandate a series of explorative studies and workshops to refine its mandate, content-related agenda and profile in research, teaching, and consultancy, actively engaging in particular Colombian and German researchers.
Explorative studies shall help to explore the regional challenges in four key regions for the creation of a post-conflict society in a local context. Current conflicts shall serve as a basis in this process.
Workshops will address TJ, security sector reforms and museums for historic remembrance.
Outcomes will be published, and serve as a basis for the inaugural conference of the CAPAZ after three years.
During these three years there will also be student and staff exchange between Colombian and German institutions surrounding the CAPAZ. 2019 will also be the kick-off of the CAPAZ’s Master’s and PhD programs.
The three years will also serve to map existing graduate programs, and to develop – on this basis – a genuine Master’s and doctoral program of the CAPAZ combining TJ and peacebuilding. The design of these graduate programs will also be based on intense exchange with governmental and civil society institutions, which will guarantee needs-based transfer of knowledge, and enhance access to higher education institutions.
In order to incorporate the universities of the affected areas into the work of the CAPAZ and to establish a research network, cooperation with potential partners shall be intensified and structural requirements shall be established. Temporary exchange of researchers shall contribute to the exchange of knowledge and the elaboration of research programs in these affected areas from an early stage on.
Aiming at tailor-made memory culture the CAPAZ will – beginning as early as possible – support intra-regional exchange of experience, including a discussion of lessons learned in Argentina, Chile or Peru. To this end, the second year will see invitations of experts to Bogotá and to regional partner universities for public lecture, seminars and other forums. German partners will also contribute.
In 2017, a first interdisciplinary, graduate summer school will be organized, to take place annually thereafter. These may include a presentation and discussion of the above-mentioned explorative studies. The summer schools will combine disciplinary and interdisciplinary expertise in the fields covered by the CAPAZ.
In addition, the CAPAZ and the consortium members will provide for three-month research stays for graduates from both countries, supported by short-term scholarships.
In this phase, the legal structure of the CAPAZ will be defined and consolidated as a legal entity in Colombia. During the process the consortium may fall back on the experience of CEMarin and the support of their Colombian partners
The Master’s and doctoral programs will take off during the institutionalization phase, particularly building upon FU/LAI’s experience.
Also, the program on further education will begin in order to ensure knowledge transfer, dissemination of expertise, and development of particular peacebuilding processes in practice. Further education and consultancy will be provided by the CAPAZ to individuals who may serve as multipliers of such knowledge.
The CAPAZ will develop appropriate teaching material, it will develop a pertinent knowledge platform, and it will coordinate and implement course programs for further education. A special emphasis will be placed on further education for lawyers, politicians, administrators, entrepreneurs and teachers, in order to ensure that expertise arrives at places most affected by the armed conflict in the past.
Also, legal protection of ethnic minorities and access to courts for isolated communities require the strengthening of pertinent expertise across the country.
Further education shall be developed in cooperation with the Defensoría del Pueblo, which serves as a public body for the protection of human rights and the participation in democratic governance on behalf of the individual citizens.
The CAPAZ will in the long run serve as a pillar of academic cooperation between Colombian and German institutions of higher education. Building upon the positive experience with CEMarin, JLU and its consortium partners are committed to ensuring long-term success of the CAPAZ, which may also serve as a model for future post-conflict academic collaboration in other parts of the world.
The consolidation phase will see the continuation of the CAPAZ’s activities, and the establishment of its institutional and financial long-term basis.
In addition, the establishment of an international graduate academy is foreseen.