3 March 2017

In over a half-century of civil strife in Colombia, the sharing of power between the Government and rebel groups has ebbed and flowed. Over the years, the largest of Colombia’s rebel groups, the FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo), has played a role in managing a number of social files, including the administration of justice. The FARC’s judicial institutions grew out of internal disciplinary mechanisms – a typical evolution for non-state armed groups seeking to ensure tactical effectiveness. In a paper entitled “FARC Justice: Rebel Rule of Law” published by the Social Science Research Network, 2015 Trudeau fellow René Provost maps out the emergence and evolution of FARC’s courts and appraises the extent to which they meet the function of a judiciary.

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René Provost

Professor René Provost specializes in international human rights, humanitarian law, and legal theory.

2015 Fellows