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Mariana Casij Peña

Mariana Casij Peña is an Associate at the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) and manages the Law and Peace Practice Group and the Peace Treaty Initiative. She has led IFIT’s research on negotiating with violent criminal groups, supported the countering violent extremism project, and advised key stakeholders on transitional justice issues in contexts such as El Salvador, Nigeria, Ethiopia, the Gambia, and Libya. Additionally, for the past six years, she has overseen IFIT’s transitional justice work in Colombia.

Prior to joining IFIT, Mariana worked with the Presidential Advisor for Human Rights in Colombia and served as a legal adviser for the Victims Unit during the negotiations between the Colombian Government and the FARC, as well as during the subsequent implementation phase. She also worked for the Victims Unit on national cases of collective reparations and as a consultant for the Transitional Justice Directorate of the Colombian Ministry of Justice.

Mariana also previously taught at the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, in areas of memory, transitional justice, and human rights.

She holds a BA in Law from the Universidad Javeriana and a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation.

Her focus areas include transitional justice, amnesties, accountability, reparations and reconciliation.

Working languages: English, Spanish and French