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Research & Publications

Dejusticia publications present the results of our academic research, providing useful criteria for academic and public debates on key issues, with a clear sense of how this work can have an impact on the defense of human rights.

All of our publications are available in digital format for free download, while the printed books can be found in bookstores in Bogotá and other cities.

We have four series within the Dejusticia Collection.

  • Dejusticia Series —  Academic book-length publications by Dejusticia members.
  • Documents Series — Short essays presenting academic arguments, public policy proposals or empirical and quantitative analyses on issues of public relevance.
  • Working Papers — English translations of selected titles from our Documents Series.
  • Guides — Public policy analysis and recommendations in a format that is accessible to the general public.

In this page, you can also find Reports and research by Dejusticia members published in other venues, as well as essays and public policy recommendations available in a simple format

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Land in transition: transitional justice, land restitution and agrarian policy in Colombia

This new Dejusticia publication presents an analysis on the transition processes in Colombia in order to address conflicts related to land ownership, tenure and use.

A balancing exercise. Drug policy in Colombia after UNGASS 2016

This document is the result of a project developed by Dejusticia in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and Law of Colombia and the British Embassy in Colombia, with funds from the United Kingdom through its embassy in Colombia.

Debates on the action of restitution

This document provides an analysis and reflection on the legal challenges of the implementation of land restitution action, the peculiarities of its mechanisms and procedures, and its more complex challenges.

Land restitution, housing policy, and productive projects: Ideas for the post-agreement period

This document aims to examine the results of the land restitution process, with emphasis on its articulation with housing and income generation policies, central components that restitution and return require in order to guarantee victims decent living conditions in terms of livability and economic sustainability.

Coca, institutions, and development

This document aims to analyze the challenges that coca producing municipalities face in two crucial aspects in the future: the construction of a local State and the definition of a human development path that is both integral and participatory.

Territorial Justice System for Peace

This book is part of the collection Documents for Peacebuilding in which Dejusticia presents ideas to face the complex challenge of building a stable and lasting peace in the post-agreement period. This specific document addresses the need to strengthen the national judicial system in an articulated manner and with an emphasis on rural areas and on overcoming the armed justice that operates in many places.

The right to freedom of expression: advanced course for judges and legal practitioners in the Americas

This guide covers the main current legal rules under the inter-American order on freedom of expression.

Land restitution and territories: justifications, dilemmas and strategies

The teaching tools presented below aim to offer a database that will allow officials to quickly consult some of the most common challenges in their daily work.

Mitigating Criminal Law Addiction: Alternatives to Prison for Drug-related Offenses

This report was prepared with the Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho and discusses alternatives to prison for drug-related offenses.

Communications Surveillance in Colombia: The Chasm between Technological Capacity and the Legal Framework

The goal of this book is to examine the Colombian legal and jurisprudential framework regarding communications surveillance in light of today's technologies.

Making Social Rights Real: Implementation Strategies for Courts, Decision Makers and Civil Society

Given the disappointing implementation levels in various countries and across human rights systems, this guide seeks to contribute to the discussion regarding strategies for courts, international decision-makers, and civil society to increase the implementation of ESCR decisions.

Arguments and pathways for the ratification of the American Convention on Protecting the Human Rights of Older Persons

On June 15, 2015, the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted the text of the Inter-American Convention on Protecting the Human Rights of Older Persons (Convention on Older Persons).

Palliative Care and its Status in Latin America

Dejusticia launched a report on the status of palliative care across eight countries in Latin America.

Women, Drug Policy, and Imprisonment: A Guide for Reforming Policy in Colombia

This guide diagnoses the impact of deprivation of liberty on women imprisoned due to drug offenses, and formulates recommendations to mitigate and prevent the disproportionate effects of incarceration.

Other Publications

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On corruption in Colombia: conceptual framework, diagnosis and policy proposals

According to the Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International for 2016, Colombia obtained a rating of 37/100. How to characterize the phenomenon of corruption in Colombia and what academic and public policy strategies can be adopted to counteract it?

Peace, everyone’s business! Corporate accountability in transitional justice: lessons for Colombia

The report includes a comparative study of eight countries (Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Guatemala, East Timor, Sierra Leone and Liberia) that used transitional justice to judge crimes by corporate actors during armed conflicts.

ICAR and Dejusticia Release Assessment of Colombian National Action Plan

ICAR and Dejusticia are pleased to publish an assessment of the Colombian National Action Plan (NAP) on business and human rights.

Fighting the tide: Human Rights and Environmental Justice in the Global South

This text forms part of a long-term project undertaken by Dejusticia as part of its international work. The project revolves around the Global Action-Research Workshop for Young Human Rights Advocates that Dejusticia organizes each year to foster connections among and train a new generation of action researchers.

Assessment of Existing National Action Plans (NAPs) on Business and Human Rights (2017)

The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ), and the Center for the Study of Law, Justice, and Society (Dejusticia) are pleased to release an updated report on Assessments of Existing National Action Plans (NAPs) on Business and Human Rights (August 2017).

Justice Mosaics: How Context Shapes Transitional Justice in Fractured Societies

Two of our researchers contribute a chapter to a book by the International Center for Transitional Justice.

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