Judging the Justice of the Colombian Final Agreement

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This chapter studies the text of the Colombian peace agreement (also known as the Final Agreement), arguing that the justice component of this agreement depends on the extent to which the envisioned transitional process contributes to social transformation. Despite the fact that societies emerging from periods of conflict or repression characteristically try to address past wrongs using processes that are not criminal punishment, there is a deep disagreement as to whether true justice is achieved with alternative measures such as amnesty or a truth commission. To that extent, justice, in transitional circumstances, is not aimed at giving perpetrators what they deserve, but rather in transforming the political relationships among citizens and between citizens and officials, and in doing so in a just manner by treating victims and perpetrators fairly. The chapter then explains that the justice process outlined in the Final Agreement is comprehensive. By drawing on the cases of Northern Ireland and South Africa, it discusses the temporal dimension of transitional justice and the constitutional changes that occur in the pursuit of it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstitutionalism
Subtitle of host publicationOld Dilemmas, New Insights
EditorsAlejandro Linares Cantillo
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780191919046
ISBN (Print)9780192896759
StatePublished - Mar 2021


  • Colombian final agreement
  • Colombian peace agreement
  • Constitutional changes
  • Justice process
  • Northern ireland
  • Political relationships
  • Social transformation
  • South Africa
  • Transitional justice
  • Transitional process

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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