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Can International Law Help? An Analysis of the Colombian Peace Process
Conn. J. Int'l L.
  • Jorge L. Esquirol, Florida International University College of Law
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The actual form that internationalization would take and the interests which it stands to promote, however, are part of a different and more complicated story. In Colombia, the terrain of international law is dominated by legal experts not so clearly in favor of a negotiated solution. Colombian publicists routinely invoke international law to frustrate negotiations and compromise. Their version of law, held to be singularly authoritative, is actually quite unreflective of contemporary international practice; dismissive of legal alternatives; and un-conducive to resolving the conflict. As such, an "internationalization" that advances primarily the use of international law authority by local actors as the vehicle for peace talks will likely fail. The dominant conception of law, in this setting, is generally directed against lending legal legitimacy to political compromise.

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Jorge L. Esquirol. "Can International Law Help? An Analysis of the Colombian Peace Process" Conn. J. Int'l L. Vol. 16 (2001) p. 23
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