1st Edition

The Colombian Peace Agreement A Multidisciplinary Assessment

    364 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    364 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book is the first systematic, interdisciplinary examination of the peace agreement signed between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia to end one of the largest and most violent conflicts in the Western Hemisphere. It discusses the achievements, failures, and challenges of this innovative peace agreement and its implications for Colombia’s future. Contributors include negotiators of the Agreement, judges of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, representatives of the civil society, and leading academic experts in peace studies, human rights, international law, criminal law, transitional justice, political science, and philosophy. Based on the premise that peace is a form of transferable social knowledge, and therefore necessitates transformative social learning, the volume also discusses what other countries can learn from the Colombian experience.

    This book will be of much interest to students of peace and conflict studies, transitional justice, Latin American politics, human rights, civil wars and International Relations.

    1. Introduction

    Jorge Luis Fabra-Zamora, Andrés Molina-Ochoa, and Nancy C. Doubleday

    Part I: Genesis

    2. The Possibility of Peace

    Sergio Jaramillo Caro

    3. Notes on the Colombian Peace Process: A View from 2014

    Jon Elster

    Part II: Overall Assessments

    4. Essential Elements and Implementation Challenges of the Final Agreement

    Gustavo Gallón Giraldo and Juan Carlos Ospina

    5. The Colombian Peace Agreement: A Lost Opportunity for Social Transformation?

    Maria Paula Saffon-Sanín

    Part III: Transitional Justice in Theory and Practice

    6. Transforming Transitional Justice from Below: Colombia’s Pioneering Peace Proposal

    Jennifer L. McCoy, Jelena Subotic, and Ryan E. Carlin

    7. Compatibility Between Transitional Justice Tools in Colombian and International Law

    Juanita Goebertus Estrada

    8. Transitional Justice in Colombia: The Amnesty Law 1820 of 2016 and the International Legal Framework

    Kai Ambos

    9. Judging the Justice of the Colombian Final Agreement

    Colleen Murphy

    Part IV: Key Components of the Final Agreement

    10. The Special Jurisdiction for Peace: Main Features and Legal Challenges

    Danilo Rojas Betancourt

    11. The Right to the Truth in the Colombian Conflict: Realities and Fiction

    Alfredo Duplat and Andrés Molina-Ochoa

    12. Land Reform and Transition in Contemporary Colombia

    Nelson Camilo Sánchez

    13. The Gender Component in the Colombian Peace Process: Obstacles to its Inclusion and Implementation

    Patricia Pabón and Javier Aguirre

    14. The Rights of Afro-Colombian Communities in the Final Agreement and its Mechanisms of Implementation

    Xiomara Cecilia Balanta-Moreno and Yuri Alexander Romaña-Rivas 

    15. The Politics of Education Reforms in Post-Conflict Societies: A Cautionary Tale for the Colombian Case

    Claudia Milena Díaz-Ríos

    Part V: Legitimacy and Democracy

    16. Legitimizing and Enshrining Peace Commitments: Inclusivity and Constitution-building in the Colombian Peace Process 

    Diana Isabel Güiza-Gómez and Rodrigo Uprimny-Yepes

    17. The Courts’ Possible Contribution to a Dialogic Democracy: The Case of the Peace Agreements in Colombia

    Roberto Gargarella

    18. The Long Road and the Promise: Colombia’s Peace Process as an Instance of Aesthetic Justice

    Óscar Guardiola Rivera

    Part VI: Concluding Remarks

    19. Outsider Reflections: Future Peace?

    Nancy C. Doubleday


    Jorge Luis Fabra-Zamora is a Provost's postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Canada.

    Andrés Molina-Ochoa is an assistant professor of philosophy at South Texas College, USA.

    Nancy C. Doubleday is an associate professor in philosophy and the inaugural holder of the HOPE Chair in Peace and Health at McMaster University, Canada. She is the Director of the Water Without Borders Joint Graduate Diploma Program of McMaster University and UNU INWEH.