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Land Reform, Peace and Informal Institutions

The project will increase awareness among both local and international stakeholders regarding the important role informal institutions play and their interactions with transitional justice policies. Additionally, the project will contribute to an increased understanding by Colombian scholars of the interplay between institutions and transitional justice frameworks. Based on fieldwork and quantitative data collection in Colombia, the project outputs include a policy paper on land restitution that will discuss the extension/amendment process of the Colombian Victims and Land Restitution Law; a peer-reviewed publication; and open-source, non-academic materials that will explain the policy implications of the research findings in a simple and accessible manner.

Hub member(s):
Aaron Acosta, Dejusticia
Elvia Saenz-Botero, Dejusticia
Dr Camilo Sanchez, University of Virginia

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Publications

Far from delivering on the promise of providing greater access to justice for victims, the land restitution system in Colombia – where victims of land dispossession and forced abandonment can apply for restitution of their lands lost as a result of the armed conflict – has denied most requests at the administrative stage.
The policy-research project conducted by hub members Aaron Acosta and Camilo Sánchez aimed to shed light on the concerning phenomenon of high application rejection rates by Colombia’s Land Restitution Unit, where victims of land dispossession and forced abandonment can apply for restitution of their lands lost as a result of the armed conflict.
The policy brief provides an overview of Colombia’s multifaceted response to Covid-19 and implications for rights, while previewing future challenges.
Este libro busca contribuir al análisis teórico del Acuerdo de Paz colombiano desde una perspectiva socio jurídica que indaga por el contenido del acuerdo y…
Colombia has faced an internal armed conflict for over five decades. While a peace agreement was signed in 2016 by the Colombian government and the…
La decisión de la Corte Constitucional sobre la renovación de la Ley de Víctimas y Restitución de Tierras, y la aprobación de un proyecto de…
On 4 May 2020, the JEP’s Chamber of Recognition held one of its hearings, in which a member of the public forces provided his version…
On 29 August 2019, at around midnight, the Colombian Air Force bombed a camp in the jungles of Caquetá. The objective: alias Gildardo Cucho, leader…
Con el objetivo de contribuir al grupo de Trabajo de las Naciones Unidas sobre las Empresas y los Derechos Humanos, desde Dejusticia presentamos  un informe…

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