Legal services and peace-building
The project dubbed "Legal Transition in Colombia: a perspective from the legal community" is born as a space to generate reflections and debates that will contribute to the public discussion about the role that attorneys, legal services and the legal system play in the construction of peace, as an exercise in citizen participation.
For the CCB the legal profession, understood as both the activity in itself, as well as the legal services sector, as the important cogs in the economy they are, play a key role in the construction of peace and, specifically, in the legal transformation the country is going through, which will have important effects on the legal system, the administration of justice, the role legal services companies play, and on the legal profession itself.
This initiative led by the CCB jointly with Fundación ProBono Colombia and the University of El Rosario, seeks to ensure that the legal services segment contribute, from its capacities, vision and experience, to the debate about the consolidation of the Rule of Law, peace and development, as well as about the expansion of market economies.
Furthermore, the project will allow the legal sector to generate new forms of analysis to add to their existing knowledge about the transitional process the country is going through
Dialogue 2. Rural development policy, development models and legal regime
The second guided debate was held on July 27th, with participation from Eduardo Zuleta, Rocío del Pilar Peña and Estefanía Ponce, with a discussion which revolved around the topic "Rural development policy, development models and legal regime".
Using the first point of the peace agreement signed with FARC as a reference point, which includes a comprehensive rural reform (RRI) that seeks to promote a transformation of the reality currently being experienced in rural Colombia, this dialogue addressed challenges such as the legal support to companies interested in investing in the Colombian farmlands, the legal regime of large farms and the RRI, legal accompaniment to prioritized areas in order to articulate policies for rural investment and tensions between the peace accords and the International Law on Foreign Investment. See images from session 1.
Dialogue 1. Participation in politics, democratic openness and communities
The first guided discussion to be carried out as part of this project was held on June 30th, 2017. This agreement addressed the issue of participation in politics, considering it was one of the key and more controversial points in the peace agreement and in the negotiations between FARC and the government. The conversation covered aspects such as prior consultations, the management of social conflicts and peaceful protests in the areas of operation, the involvement of entrepreneurs in the new participative spaces, and the use of alternative means for dispute resolution. See images from session 1.
This project was launched and presented within the forum dubbed "Legal Services and the Construction of Peace in Colombia", which saw participation from several subject matter experts.
As part of this initiative, workshops will be held between June and November of 2017, in which several lawyers will analyze the legal context of the Peace Accords signed in Havana, as well as their implications on the legal services they provide.