Meeting with researchers from the National University of Colombia: perspectives on peace, the environment and the rights of future generations

On the picture : Víctor Tafur, Bernd Marquardt, Mariela Sánchez, Humberto Torres, Luis Miguel Gutiérrez, Catalina Toro, Ivonne León, Pablo Reyes, Claudia Pineda, et Emilie Gaillard

Meeting between the Chair’s research team and the main teacher-researchers in this field course of study:

  • Humberto Torres, Dean of the Faculty of Law of the National University.
  • Catalina Toro, University lecturer and researcher, Doctor in Sociology of Law and Political Institutions.
  • Mariela Sánchez, University lecturer and researcher, Doctor in Studies on Peace, Conflicts and Development.
  • Bernd Marquardt, University lecturer and researcher, Doctor in Law.
  • Ivonne León, University lecturer and researcher, Political specialist with a master degree of Law.
  • Pablo Reyes, University lecturer and researcher, Doctor in Political Studies and International Relations, with a Master degree in Law.

Meeting with the Dean of the Faculty of Law and fellow researchers in the following areas: Political Science, Psychology, Law, Political Ecology, in the perspective of a cooperative work on the issue of peace, transitional justice and environment, and the relationship between society and law.

From this meeting was born a proposal for scientific collaboration between the Normandy Chair for Peace and the National University in the framework of Environmental Law and Future Generations, Transitional Justice, Sustainable Development and Education for Peace.

For the Dean, the University’s contribution is also to reflect on the link between the academic world and civil society through outreach activities. The mission goes beyond the mere production of knowledge. As the University has a high degree of autonomy from a scientific point of view, several cases of collaborative creation can be generated in the above-mentioned areas.

Catalina Toro supports a collaborative relationship with the Chair for several reasons. In her own words: “In the peace agreements in Colombia and in the south of the American continent, the issue of the environment is not present. This is a point that the Normandy Chair for Peace can reinforce, since it favors the integration of the theme of Peace with the Earth.” This interest, which has begun to emerge especially with climate change, the denunciations of indigenous leaders and land defenders, is key to the mission and vision of the Chair.

This is a key moment to pave the way for new reflections after the peace accords in Colombia. Given that the conflict is not yet over, and that this implies great challenges for the transition process, the Chair identifies an important space for convergence.

We hope to collaborate in the advancement of a complex but very active process, catalyzed by a large number of actors from all fields: institutional, academic and civil society. Through the development of lines of research and common work, the actors participating in this meeting concluded that it is possible to collaboratively create events, seminars and various activities to strengthen the visibility of efforts to promote Peace with the Earth.

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