Transitional Justice in Colombia


Location: 1140 Eck Hall of Law


On August 24, 2016, the Colombian government signed an agreement with FARC rebels to end 50 years of bloodshed. At the invitation of Colombian President Santos, Prof. Doug Cassel was invited to be a member of the negotiating team responsible for crafting a delicate justice framework for the post-war nation – one that attempted to satisfy international standards while giving rebel groups enough protection to allow them to lay down their arms.

In light of Colombian voters' surprising rejection of the peace agreement in the recent plebiscite, work resumes to find a solution. In this presentation Prof. Cassel addressed the challenges that now face a Colombia in the midst of a difficult transitional period.

Following the presentation, Andrés López, J.S.D. candidate in international human rights law and native of Colombia, engaged Prof. Cassel in a “question and response” dialogue to further explore the questions of justice and peace.

Co-sponsored by the Hispanic Law Students Association

Presented with the support of Notre Dame Law School, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies