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German universities & institutes

Giessen
Justus Liebig University (JLU)

JLU attracts more than 28 000 students. It is host to a number of projects in the context of Germany’s nationwide “Excellence Initiative”.

Its high-profile international cooperation programs are established by 90 high-quality bilateral cooperation agreements and its membership in networks of higher education. The university focuses on Colombia as one of seven strategic partner regions worldwide. JLU’s successful Center of Excellence in Marine Sciences (CEMarin) in Colombia already constitutes the University’s thematic priority in the natural and life sciences. The envisaged CAPAZ will establish a second, complementing thematic priority in social sciences and cultural studies.

The Professors responsible for the CAPAZ are Thilo Marauhn (Public Law and International Law) and Regina Kreide (Political Theory and History of Ideas), supported by Niklas Eckhardt and Janna Greve.

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Göttingen
Georg-August-Universität (UGOE)

UGOE currently hosts some 31,000 students, thirteen per cent coming from abroad. It is part of a network of first-class extra-university research establishments.
UGOE has a strong international stance and its new internationalization strategy identifies Latin America as a key area to enhance UGOE’s international collaboration. Several UGOE research Institutes and centers focus on Latin America, one of them being the Research Centre for Latin American Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure (CEDPAL). CEDPAL fosters research in criminal law in Latin America and promotes post-graduate education through different academic programs. Kai Ambos, Professor of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Comparative Law and International Criminal Law and Director of CEDPAL, represents UGOE in the consortium. José Martinez, Dean of Studies, Faculty of Law with particular expertise on land law, and Marcela Ibañez, Professor at the Courant Research Centre – Poverty, Equity and Growth (CRC-PEG), Faculty of Economics, will also contribute.

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Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin (FUB)

FU founded 1948, is one of Germany’s Universities of Excellence.
Profiling FU as an international network University the Institute for Latin American Studies (LAI) plays an important role as a leading institution for Latin American Studies of research and teaching worldwide. LAI is Germany’s largest institute for research on Latin America with well-established Master’s and PhD programs embedded in widespread international cooperation.
For more than 40 years, questions on social transformation, democratization processes and transitional justice, politics of memory and prevention of conflicts in Latin America have been at the center of interdisciplinary research at LAI. For many years the LAI has collaborated with Colombian scholars, universities, and research institutes, enabling regular exchange and developing particular research expertise on pressing questions of the Colombian peace process.
Marianne Braig, Professor of Political Science, Dr. Kristina Dietz (Political Science), Dr. Manuel Góngora (Sociology, Law) and Dr. Mónika Contreras Saiz (Historia) will represent LAI in the consortium.

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Frankfurt
Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)

The Leibniz Institute PRIF is Germany’s largest peace research institute with more than 80 members of staff. Founded in 1970, PRIF became a member institution of the Leibniz Association in 2009. With backgrounds in field like political science, sociology, ethnology, cultural studies and economy, researchers at PRIF analyze the causes of violent international and domestic conflicts, investigate the conditions necessary for peace, and disseminate peaceful approaches to conflict resolution. Key areas of research address the challenges of post-conflict societies, including transitional justice, security sector reform, peacebuilding as well as the role of external actors in intrastate processes of transformation. Research at PRIF is characterized by the dual aim to carry out academic research of the highest quality and to generate and disseminate insights that have political and social relevance. Jonas Wolff represents PRIF within the group of German partner institutions.

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Freiburg
Albert Ludwigs Universität (ALU)

Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg (ALU) is in the process of starting a public mental health capacity-building project in cooperation with Universidad Javeriana to meet the demands of the psychosocial needs in the population.
The psychosocial consequences of conflicts present a serious challenge for reconciliation and peaceful coexistence of victims and ex-combatants. Mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, medically unexplained symptoms and unresolved feelings of anger are common in post-conflict situations and can have a strong influence on interpersonal relationships and can cause cycles of violence among individuals and groups.
From long-standing research experience in post-conflict countries (e.g. Afghanistan), the ALU can contribute to intervention research on capacity building. Capacity building in the primary care setting of the local health units shall be implemented in order to effectively deal with disorders due to stressful living conditions and the experiencing of traumatic events, thus fostering healing and reconciliation.

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