Symposium on the Colombian Peace Talks and International Law

Lex Pacificatoria Colombiana: Colombia’s Peace Accord in Comparative Perspective


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Abstract: This short piece is an output of the ‘Symposium on the Colombian Peace Talks and International Law’. The author opens a conversation over how the Colombian Final Peace Accord provides evidence of, and a contribution to, a more general lex pacificatoria or “law of the peacemakers” (lex pax for short). In light of the Accord’s recent ballot defeat, she integrates into this assessment the merits of using a referendum to approve (in Colombia’s case “affirm or deny”) the Agreement as a whole. Throughout, she draws on a peace agreement database which has coded over one thousand four hundred peace agreements since 1990 for comparative insight.

Keywords: Colombia, Peace Processes, Peace Agreement

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