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Manuel José Cepeda Espinosa: The peace process and the Constitution: Constitution making as peace making?

5 julio, 2016

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virtualroundtableThis week, we return to some of the themes discussed at the IACL roundtable held in Melbourne in May 2016.In this second blog post, we publish the text of the University of Melbourne 2016 Human Rights Lecture delivered by Manuel José Cepeda Espinosa, President of the International Association of Constitutional Law entitled “The peace process and the Constitution: Constitution making as peace making?”

CepedaThe main purpose of this lecture is to analyze the relationship between peacemaking and constitution-making in my country, Colombia. In particular, I address two questions: First, how peacemaking has lead to innovative institutional designs. Second, how constitution making has been an instrument to promote and consolidate peace in different critical moments from the second half of the 20th century.

Unfortunately in Colombia we have had recurring cycles of conflict, peace agreements, constitutional reforms, new conflicts, new peace agreements, new constitutional reforms. It is as if in Colombia we have adopted as mantra Winston Churchill’s famous words: “Success consists…

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