Jamie Rowen, UMass Amherst Political Science "Searching for the Truth in the Transitional Justice Movement: Peace and Justice in Columbia"


Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:00 to 13:15

This talk will focus on the recent peace accords in Colombia as an example of the emerging transitional justice movement. By explaining how the idea of transitional justice entered domestic politics, and how different political actors utilized it to make claims against one another, the talk gives a fresh perspective on how the Colombian peace accords came about. In addition, it provides insights into the failed plebiscite in October 2 and the future of peace and justice in the country. More broadly, the Colombia case shows how advocates' efforts to address justice-related issues are easily politicized, revealing the importance of understanding who is promoting transitional justice, how and why. By exploring how the transitional justice movement developed, as well as efforts to make truth commissions in settings such as Colombia, this analysis reveals how the malleability of transitional justice and truth commissions is both an asset and a liability for those hoping to ensure accountability, improve survivor well-being, and prevent future violence.


October 13, 2017

Social Sciences, Room 415

12:00 pm-1:15 pm

This event is Co-sponsored by the School of Government and Public Policy