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Laura Íñigo Álvarez

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Laura Íñigo Álvarez is a PhD Candidate in Public International Law at Utrecht University and the University of Seville. She obtained her Master’s degree in Public Law (cum laude) at the University of Seville (Spain) in 2013. She studied during an academic year in KU Leuven with a particular focus on the EU and human rights and she also participated in the summer course of the Hague Academy of International Law. Prior to joining Utrecht University, Laura was junior researcher of the EU Project FRAME and assistant of the EMA Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratization at the University of Seville. Her current research deals with the responsibility of non-state armed groups in international law.

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Challenges of universal jurisdiction: the Argentinian Complaint against Franco-era crimes and the lack of cooperation of the Spanish judicial authorities

In October 2018, the Central Criminal Court of the Spanish National Court (Audiencia Nacional) rejected the admission of two international rogatory commissions requested by the Argentinian courts in relation to the investigation of crimes against humanity. The alleged crimes relate to torture, murder, forced disappearance of persons and abduction of minors committed in Spain during the Francoist regime in the period between 15 July 1936 and 15 June 1977. These crimes are being investigated in Argentina under the principle of universal jurisdiction. This post analyses the legal arguments posed by the judicial authorities in Argentina and Spain to admit or reject the investigation into crimes against humanity committed during Franco’s dictatorship. Lees verder

The Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia: Challenges and Opportunities for Accountability

The Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Colombia (SJP) officially opened its doors on 15 March 2018. The SJP is one of the key accountability mechanisms of the Peace Agreement signed between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-Popular Army (FARC-EP) on 24 November 2016. In particular, the SJP is the judicial component of the Comprehensive System for Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition, and is designed to investigate and prosecute serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed during the Colombian armed conflict. To date 38 judges have been selected to sit at the SJP, 20 of the them are women. Additionally, 14 foreign judges will serve as observers. According to the Legislative Act 01 of 2017, the SJP consists of an Investigation and Indictment Unit, three Trial Chambers, and a Tribunal for Peace, which will have an Appeal’s Division serving as final instance. This article analyses some of the main features of the SJP as well as other complementary mechanisms in the quest for accountability. Lees verder