Transitional justice - human rights - armed conflict - victims

Yennesit Palacios Valencia

Human Rights Human Rights Observatory
My research career

I graduated from the University of San Buenaventura in Medellín (Colombia) as a lawyer in 2006. Years later, I completed a Master's degree in Human Rights, Interculturality and Development at the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville (2009) and in the same line I finished my PhD with cum laude mention in 2014, with a scholarship from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation - AECID. I also completed a Master in International Relations at the International University of Andalusia and a Master in Constitutional Law at the Menéndez Pelayo International University, in association with the Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies in Madrid, as a scholarship holder, in 2015.

Since 2007 I have been practicing law through teaching and research, participating in projects that have linked issues of gender, ethnicity, transitional justice, forced displacement and armed conflict. I have been a consultant for the International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights - Race & Equality (Colombia) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

More recently (2020), I participated as a postdoctoral fellow (writing fellowships, 2 months), in the Postgraduate Programme on Sustainable Development and Social Inequalities in the Andean Region, promoted by the Freie Universität Berlin and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP). This programme was funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD).

Finally, I am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Law of the University of Valladolid, supporting the work of the Human Rights Observatory.

My research

Study the current problems of transitional justice and the system of international criminal responsibility, associated with the Colombian context. This will involve a state of the art that includes the cases prioritised by the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP). The research is based, notwithstanding the existence of the SJP, that the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court cannot be ruled out prospectively, as the armed conflict in Colombia has continued in different forms and degrees of intensity, accompanied by emerging criminal gangs, made up of guerrillas and paramilitaries who have not yet handed in their weapons.

My vision is to consolidate an important line in International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice, nourishing the findings of the Human Rights Observatory. Thus, my interest is based not only on research, but also on the dissemination, teaching and promotion of human rights.