The Master in International Law at University of La Sabana and the Doctorate in Juridical Sciences at the Pontifical Javeriana University, together with its Center for International Law Studies “Francisco Suárez, SJ”, invite to participate in the Forum International Law and Colombian Peace Agreements. The event will be held on Wednesday 8 March 2017 at the Campus of University of La Sabana. The invited lecturers are Makane Mbengue (University of Geneva) and Jean d’Aspremont (University of Manchester).


Colombian panelists participating in the conversation will be, from University of La Sabana: Professors Juana I. Acosta López, María Carmelina Londoño L., Carlos Enrique Arévalo N., Nicolás Carrillo Santarelli, Mónica Hurtado Lozano, Fabio Pulido Ortiz, Ivan Garzón Vallejo and Andrés Agudelo. The professors of Javeriana University who will participate in the forum are: Carolina Olarte Bácares, Rafael Arturo Prieto Sanjuan, Vanessa Suelt Cock, Marco Alberto Velásquez Ruiz, Carlos Andrés Uribe Piedrahita, Ildiko Szegedy Maszak, Yadira Alarcón Palacio, Álvaro Amaya, Roberto Carlos Vidal López, Lorena Cecilia Vega Dueñas, Andrés Fernando Ramírez Moncayo and María Andrea Marroquín


General program

The event will begin at 8:00 am, with the installation ceremony by Dr. Juan Fernando Córdoba Marentes, Dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at University of La Sabana, and Dr. Julio Andrés Sampedro Arrubla, Dean of the Faculty of Juridical Sciences at Javeriana University.

The forum will address two main topics (parts I and II) and will have three discussion boards that will analyze different aspects, organized as follows:



Part I: General framework of International Law and Peace Agreements

(8.00 – 10.15 a.m)

Discussion board 1: Analysis of Peace Agreements and transitional justice models in light of International Law

Jean D´aspremont Peace Agreements under International Law: Internationalizing Peace or Pacifying International Law?
Makane Moïse Mbengue The Relevance of Peace Agreements in International Dispute Settlement
Juana I. Acosta López Past, present and future of transitional justice in the Inter-American System of Human Rights
María Carmelina Londoño L. International standards on victims reparations and peace agreements
Carolina Olarte Bácares Investment treaties and peace agreements
Rafael Arturo Prieto Sanjuan Who fears the international judge? Or when the circumvention of responsibility becomes an obsession


Part II: Analysis of the implementation of the Colombian Peace Agreements from the perspective of International Law

(10.45 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.- discussion boards 2 and 3)


Discussion board 2: Analysis of the challenges in the implementation of the Peace Agreements in respect of foreign investment and human rights

Vanessa Suelt Cock Right to territory within the interpretative framework of territorial peace in post-conflict
Marco Alberto Velásquez Ruiz Peace v. legal security? Tensions between transitional justice and protection of foreign investment in Colombia
Carlos E. Arévalo Narváez Rights of the victims as limits of ex-combatants political participation
Carlos Andrés Uribe Piedrahita Enterprise´s responsibility, beyond de Agreement acceptance
Ildiko Szegedy Maszak Agro-Industry and Peace Agreements
Yadira Alarcón Palacio The problem of children in the armed conflict: the right to their status as victims and the restoration of all their rights
Mónica Hurtado Lozano Rethinking the relationship about human trafficking and enlistment of minors for war: more justice for children from Colombian armed conflict?

Discussion board 3: Challenges in the implementation of the transitional justice model in Colombia

Álvaro Amaya The international legal nature of the Agreement and its implications for the implementation
Fabio Pulido Ortiz Validity and legitimacy of implementation
Roberto Carlos Vidal López The Special Jurisdiction for Peace and the mixed courts: administration of contemporary transitional justice
Lorena Cecilia Vega Dueñas Special Jurisdiction for Peace: Procedures and recognition of truth and responsibility
Iván Garzón Vallejo

Andrés Agudelo

Truth and memory: rudiments and inputs for the Truth Commission
Nicolás Carrillo-Santarelli Transition in the Colombian way: between transgression and the expansion of the limits of transitional justice with an activism of realistic academics and state actors from the periphery


As for the memebers of our LL.M in International Law participating in the Forum, Juana Inés Acosta López is the Law Program Director at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at Universidad de La Sabana. She has a LL.M in International Legal Studies from New York University, a Master in Human Rights and Democratization by Universidad Externado de Colombia with Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and is Lawyer from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. She also acts as representative agent of Colombia and Bolivia before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights


María Carmelina Londoño Lázaro is Director of the LL.M in International Law at Universidad de La Sabana. She holds a PhD in Law (summa cum laude) from Universidad Austral de Argentina, a LLM from Queensland University (Australia) and is Lawyer from Universidad de La Sabana.


Carlos Arévalo Narváez is Director of the International Law Department of the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at Universidad de La Sabana. He holds a LL.M in International Legal Studies from New York University and is lawyer from Universidad de La Sabana. He has also worked as Magistrate Assistant at the Colombian Constitutional Court.


Nicolás Carrillo Santarelli is Professor of International Law of the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at Universidad de La Sabana. He holds a PhD in International Law and International Relations from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, a LL.M in Human Rights Protection and is lawyer from Universidad Externado de Colombia.


The Forum will be held on Wednesday, March 8, between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm, in the Hearing Room (Building A) of University of La Sabana.


Attending the event has no cost but requires previous registration. To confirm your participation, write to or directly to this link (click here)


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