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Trust in Colombia’s Justicia Especial Para La Paz: Experimental Evidence Artículo académico uri icon


  • Research on the determinants of institutional trust in courts that are part of transitional justice frameworks is scarce. This article relies on experimental evidence to explore whetherfeatures of the case and the ruling play a role in citizens’ attitudes towards the Justicia Especialpara la Paz, Colombia’s transitional justice tribunal. I evaluate whether the profile of the accused and whether or not he is sentenced to the most lenient of restorative justice measureshave an effect on trust. I find that support for the decision is lower for restorative sentencesthan for more punitive sentences, and that whether or not the acussed was a former guerrillacombatant or a member of the military does not influence evaluations. This research contributes to our understanding of how citizens in countries dealing with the aftermath of violenceperceive the institutions devised to adjudicate on the atrocities of conflict.

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  • 2020-11-26