The Colombian Special Jurisdiction for Peace was set up by the peace agreement between the Colombian Government and the FARC guerrilla in 2016. It aims to administer transitional justice in Colombia and deal with crimes committed in the context of the armed conflict up until December 2016.
During the Colombian armed conflict, a lot of damage was done not just to individuals and communities, but also to the environment, including rivers, moorlands, and protected areas. In 2022, the majority of the Panel for Acknowledgment of Truth and Recognition of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace charged several members of the FARC guerrilla with having committed the war crime of harm to the environment. This was decided with a small majority of 4 magistrates, with 3 magistrates dissenting, while some members of the majority submitted concurring opinions with regard to the question of the existence and scope of crimes against the environment as a war crime. The aim of the Human Rights Centre Clinic project will be to provide the Special Jurisdiction for Peace and in particular the Chamber of the Peace Tribunal deciding cases in which the accused recognised their responsibility with an analysis of a series of open and potentially controversial questions, based on international and Colombian jurisprudence and academic literature.
Applications are now open. Find out how to apply.
If you want to join the module-based projects of the Human Rights Centre Clinic in 2023-24, please submit your application by Monday 9 October at 9am to email@example.com. Please send your application documents in a single PDF file with the file name [SURNAME]_[First name]_HRCC application.
Interviews will take place via Zoom during the afternoons of 10th and 11th October 2023. You will be allocated a time slot for a short conversation with the HRC Clinic Director and the Deputy Director. We will communicate the decision on 13 October 2023.