Transitional Injustice? Concerns over Judicial Accountability at Colombia’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace

Author: Santiago Vargas Niño
Published: 15.10.2022
Colombia’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace (“JEP,” for its acronym in Spanish) has drawn considerable attention for its attempt to balance calls for retribution with a restorative approach aimed at peacebuilding. Despite a myriad of challenges, the JEP has made significant progress in the investigation of hostage-taking by former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – Popular Army (“FARC-EP,” for its acronym in Spanish) rebels and “false positives” killings by members of the Colombian armed forces. Unfortunately, its judges are also showing worrying signs of judicial unaccountability. These include violating the principle of legality, preventing parties and participants from challenging its decisions,…