Event: The first year of the transitional justice system in Colombia

The Colombian Commission of Jurists (CCJ) and the ICJ invite you to a discussion on the strengths and challenges that the System and its institutions face. The event takes place Thursday, 19 September 2019, at 11:00 – 12:00, room XXI, in the Palais des Nations.

One of the essential elements of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP was the creation of an Integral System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition. This System contains a set of transitional mechanisms to protect and guarantee victims’ rights. It comprises three institutions: a tribunal called the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), a Truth commission, and a Unit to search for the missing persons. A year ago, after some delays, the three institutions have entered into operation. They all have made significant advances in fulfilling victims’ rights. However, there are still several challenges they must face to be considered successful transitional justice mechanisms.

The panel will feature:


  • Sam Zarifi, ICJ Secretary General


  • Philippe Texier, former judge of the Court of Cassation of France and ICJ commissioner.
  • Edinson Cuéllar, Colectivo Sociojurídico Orlando Fals Borda
  • Ana María Rodríguez, CCJ Senior Legal Adviser
  • Rocío Quintero, ICJ Legal Adviser

Printed copies of the ICJ report “Colombia: Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz, análisis a un año y medio de su entrada en funcionamiento” will be available.  (Full version in Spanish and Executive Summary in English)

A flyer for the event is available here.