Is justice the way to reconciliation?

In the 1990s, the ad hoc Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda were created by the United Nations Security Council on the basis of its mandate to maintain international peace and security. The reason for their creation under that mandate was that the justice action developed by them was seen as a path towards reconciliation between the warring parties, and consequently towards the restoration of peace.

In order to put an end to the armed conflict that has devastated Colombia for decades, various models of transitional justice have been approved over the last 15 years, in which the justice component is closely linked to the achievement of the necessary conditions for peace. The Justice and Peace Law of 2005 and the Special Jurisdiction for Peace created by the agreement between the Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP in November 2016 are paradigmatic examples of this situation.

How is the relationship between justice and reconciliation lived on the ground with the affected communities in view of establishing the necessary conditions for a stable and lasting peace? This first session of the HagueTalks in Bogotá is aimed at presenting the personal experiences lived by the panelists in their daily interaction with the communities that are victims of the violence of the armed conflict in Colombia.

The HagueTalks will take place in the framework of the Second Congress of International Law organized by El Rosario University (Colombia).
Event is opened by Floris van Eijk, First secretary, Embassy of The Netherlands in Bogotá. His areas of expertise are human rights, transitional justice and peacebuilding.


  • Leonardo Párraga, Ambassador, Peace Palace; Executive Director, BogotArt Fundation.
  • Rocío Cabezas Rocero, Afro-Colombian Pedagogue, works with the dynamization of Historical Memory Exercises with Afro-Colombian Population.
  • Rudith Edison Camayo, zootechnologist, Antioquia University; Coordinator, Indigenous Authority of the Curricular Construction for the Revitalization of Mother Earth in 2015; Coordinator of the Productive Program in the Pueblo Nuevo Reservoir.
Moderator is Vanessa Bonilla Tovar, Lawyer with emphasis in Human Rights Law from El Rosario University (Colombia); Master’s Degree Student in International Studies from Los Andes University (Colombia); Researcher Assistan in the Group of International Law from El Rosario University.
Event is co-organized by El Rosario University, Embassy of The Netherlands in Bogotá, Hague Project Peace and Justice, Iberoamerican Institute of The Hague for Peace, Human Rights and International Justice.