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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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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.

The good faith in land restitution

A rigid application of the principle of good faith within the process of land restitution can disregard or transgress fundamental rights. The document presents the different legal problems that have arisen.

Democracy, Justice & Society: Ten Years of Research at Dejusticia

This book collects the essential from the texts on justice elaborated during the last decade in the Center for the Study of Law, Justice and Society - Dejusticia. 

Strategies for a rural transitional reform

The best way to face the challenges posed by the implementation of the Peace Accord in rural policies and to pay off the historic debt to Colombian peasants is to deepen the restitution efforts and to integrate them to a broader agrarian policy.

Drug crimes and prison overdose in Colombia

This research, carried out by Dejusticia and the Research Consortium on Drugs and the Law, assesses the impact of drug policy on the prison system and recommends, among other measures, to decriminalize the possession of a personal dose.

Academia and citizenship: university professors meeting and violating norms

What do higher education teachers understand about the concept of non-compliance? What are their main faults? This research, with 605 teachers from Antioquia, begins from these questions.

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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