Award for contribution to the Colombian peace process

Professor Kai Ambos receives Order of merit “Carlos Lemos Simmonds” 2018

(pug) Law Professor Kai Ambos from the University of Göttingen has been awarded the Order of merit “Carlos Lemos Simmonds” for 2018 by the Colombian Press Association and the German Embassy in Bogotá. The award honours his contribution to the peace process in Colombia. It is given to persons who make outstanding contributions to transparency, democracy, German-Colombian friendship and social development.

“This tribute is for those who fight for transparency in companies, in municipalities, in security, each in their own field,” German Ambassador Peter Ptassek said. “I thank you for your commitment to improve this country. You are the heroes of the moment.”

“After almost 30 years working in and on Colombia, I am very grateful to receive this recognition,” Ambos said. “I also consider it as an acknowledgment of my efforts to strengthen the link between research and teaching, especially regarding the creation of the German-Colombian Peace Institute (Instituto Colombo-Alemán para la Paz, CAPAZ) in which also the participation of the University of Göttingen has been crucial.”

In December 2017, Ambos was selected as an international advisor (amicus curiae) to the Colombian Special Jurisdiction for Peace (Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz, JEP). He holds the Chair of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Comparative Law and International Criminal Law and is the Director of the Centro de Estudios de Derecho Penal y Procesal Penal Latinoamericano (CEDPAL) at the University of Göttingen. Further information can be found at and



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Building up a German-Colombian Peace Institute (Instituto CAPAZ)

As a member of a German consortium consisting of Georg August University (Göttingen), Justus Liebig University (Giessen), Freie Universität Berlin and the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Prof. Ambos was successfully awarded the contract for the German-Colombian Peace Institute (CAPAZ) in Bogotá, Colombia, that is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, in German) with the financial assistance of € 400.000 annually of the Federal Foreign Office in Germany (Auswärtiges Amt) for a period of 10 years. On the part of the Faculty of Law at Georg August University, the project is supported by the Center for Studies on Latin American Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure (CEDPAL) as well as the Institute for Agricultural Law (Prof. Martínez). For further information, please visit the university’s website.

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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Kai Ambos talked recently with Colombian media and referred to the Responsibility of the Superior, the political participation of ex-combatants of the FARC-EP guerrilla, among other current issues.

Prof. Dr. Ambos is ‘Amicus Curiae’ of the JEP that means he presents arguments or information to that court. He is a highly acclaimed expert in International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice and Director of the Center for the Study of Criminal Law and Latin American Criminal Procedure (CEDPAL) at the University of Göttingen, which is a founding member of the CAPAZ Institute consortium. Kai Ambos is spokesperson of the University of Göttingen at CAPAZ [...]


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Kai Ambos puede ser el extranjero que mejor conoce el sistema de justicia transicional en Colombia. El catedrático alemán ha visitado el país desde hace décadas y ha estudiado de cerca la recién creada Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz. El año pasado fue nombrado como uno de los cuatro expertos internacionales que serán Amicus Curiae del Tribunal para la Paz. 

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SEMANA habló con él en su oficina en la Universidad de Göttingen.

Kai Ambos: “Es un error estratégico sacar a los militares de la JEP”,,7/23/2018.