The Special Jurisdiction for Peace: Reparations Practices, and Peacebuilding, Particularly in Colombia

When and Where

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
CG 265
Canadiana Gallery
14 Queen's Park Crescent West, Toronto, ON M5S 3K9


Judge Alejandro Ramelli Arteaga,Laura Acosta-Zárate


This is a free lecture, but registration is required.

Restorative and Transitional's pioneering justice experiment: ending decades of armed conflict through Special Jurisdiction for Peace


A light lunch will be served in the Centre Lounge (2nd floor) at 11:30 am. The lecture will begin in CG 265 at noon.


Introduction: Contextualization of the peace process in Colombia

Keynote presentation: The Special Jurisdiction for Peace  - Judge Alejandro Ramelli Arteaga  

Discussant presentation: Importance of the Integral System of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Repetition in Colombia and its comparison with other transitional processes - Laura Acosta-Zárate


  • What are reparations practices in the Justice for Peace in Colombia?
  • What is the importance of this type of practice and what is their relationship with restorative justice?
  • What are the challenges and the future of Colombia in peace-building?
  • What is the contribution of Colombia's peace system to peacebuilding and future transitional processes?

Audience Q & A

Keynote speaker

Judge Alejandro Ramelli Arteaga seated in front of bookshelves
Judge Alejandro Ramelli Arteaga

Alejandro Ramelli Artega. Lawyer from the Universidad Externado de Colombia. Master in Human Rights, University of Paris X Nanterre. Ph.D., University of Salamanca. Author of different books and articles on international humanitarian law, human rights, international criminal law, and constitutional law. Expert witness before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Deputy Judge at the Constitutional Court and Council of State. Prosecutor before the Supreme Court of Justice. Magistrate of the Special Tribunal from Peace in Colombia.


head shot of Laura Acosta Zarate
Laura Acosta-Zárate

Laura Acosta-Zárate is a Colombian lawyer from Universidad del Rosario (Colombia) with a specialization in Criminal Law from the same institution. She has a postgraduate degree in Criminal and Criminological Sciences from the Universidad Externado de Colombia. She also obtained a master’s degree in the criminal justice system from the University of Lérida (Spain) and an M.Phil. in Criminological Research from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). She is currently a doctoral student in Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto (Canada), where she focuses on the study of accountability of combatants recruited by illegal organizations during their childhood. She is a recipient of the 2021 Connaught Scholarship for Doctoral Studies and the 2023 National Scholarship Vanier awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). She has worked as a legal officer in the Attorney General's Office before the Supreme Court of Justice, the National Civil Registry, the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, and as a lecturer and researcher at Universidad El Bosque and Universidad del Rosario (Bogotá-Colombia).


Please note that the Canadiana Gallery building does not have a working elevator. This event takes place on the second floor, which is accessible via staircase only. If you are a person with a disability and require accommodation, please contact us at and we will do our best to make appropriate arrangements.


By transit: The closest subway station is Queen's Park.

By car: There is no on-site parking available. There is a drop-off area at the main entrance.

Photography & Videography

Please note that this event may be photographed. The presentations, except for the Q & A, may be video recorded. By reserving your spot for this event, you consent to be captured in photos and videos. By providing your consent, you also agree that the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies retains the right to share these on its website and other media platforms. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

Health & Safety

We are following health and safety measures outlined by the University of Toronto and the Government of Ontario. Should there be changes in protocols related to health and safety of our guests and community, registrants will be advised.


This event is co-sponsored by the Transnational Justice Project and Transformative Memory.


All are welcome to register here on Eventbrite to attend this event.


We hope to see you then!


Contact Information


Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies,Transnational Justice Project,Transformative Memory


14 Queen's Park Crescent West, Toronto, ON M5S 3K9