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War and Peace in Colombia

A Legal Assessment under International Law

by Chiara Savonitto


On November 24, 2016, the Colombian government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo (FARC-EP) signed a final peace agreement aimed at guaranteeing a reliable and long-lasting peace to Colombia and its population. After a civil war lasted for more than five decades, the main guerrilla movement in the country has shown its determination to pursue its ideological purposes through legal and democratic means, permanently abandoning insurgency and revolutionary political aspirations. By taking inspiration from the recent developments concerning the Colombian case, this study evaluates the role played by International Law and the relevant international legal entities within the armed conflict fought between the Colombian government and the FARC, as well as during the negotiations that led to the signature of the peace agreement in 2016. Specifically, it assesses the compliance of the belligerent parties with the obligations established by three main bodies of law: International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law, and International Human Rights Law.

Chiara Savonitto was born in Udine in 1993. After high school, she started her academic studies in International and Diplomatic Sciences at the University of Trieste, graduating in the academic year 2014/2015 with highest honors and with a thesis on the figure of Martin Luther King and the role of the Civil Rights Movement. Then, she moved to Rome where she obtained the Master’s Degree in International Cooperation and Development at the University “La Sapienza”, with highest honors and with a thesis on the role of international law within the civil war and peace process in Colombia. She was awarded with the title of “Excellent Graduate” for the academic year 2016-2017 and she received a scholarship for the publication of the Master thesis.


Additional Information

ISBN Digital9788833650937
ISBN Print9788833650753
Publication Year2018
Dimensions17 × 24 cm
Weight0.232 Kg


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