Colombia: the Special Jurisdiction for Peace one year after – ICJ analysis

ICJ’s new report – and its executive summary – on the implementation of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, are now available in English.

The ICJ, in furtherance of its objective to promote accountability, justice and the rule of law in Colombia, has been continuously monitoring the implementation of the mechanisms and institutions created as a result of the peace negotiations between the Colombian National Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP).

Among these mechanisms and institutions, the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP in its Spanish acronym) is of particular importance because it is the institution that was designed to investigate, prosecute and punish those responsible for the most serious human rights violations committed during the armed conflict in Colombia.

In June 2019, as a result of its monitoring activities, the ICJ released its report Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz: análisis a un año de su entrada en funcionamiento (Special Jurisdiction for Peace: analysis of its first year since it started functioning). The report presents the advances in the implementation of the JEP, documenting both strengths and challenges. It uses the international human rights framework as a point of reference for the national implementation of transitional justice instruments and mechanisms; and provides a description of Colombian law relevant to the JEP and a detailed analysis of the JEP’s operations and procedures. The report reflects developments up to 7 June 2019.

Considering the importance of improving the understanding of JEP’s work among non-Spanish speakers, the executive summary of the ICJ report is now available in English. The full version of the report will be available in English in the forthcoming months.


Colombia-Jurisd para la paz-PUBLICATIONS-Reports-Fact-finding mission report-2019-ENG (full report in PDF)

Colombia-Jurisd para la paz Exec Summary-PUBLICATIONS-Reports-Fact-finding mission report-2019-ENG (full executive summary in PDF)