Hobeth Martínez Carrillo

Principal researcher, Centre for the Study of Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia)
Nationality: Colombian
Living in: Bogotá, Colombia
Fields of work: law, human rights, peace and conflict, rural

“Curiosity, or having the ability to look at things differently and therefore to not accept them as immutable, is an essential value. I always want to learn new things, observe new evidence, integrate different perspectives, and try alternative paths. If you are curious enough, you may find a way. Eventually, things can and will change.”
— Hobeth Martínez Carrillo

A principal researcher in transitional justice at the Center for the Study of Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia) in Bogotá, Hobeth Martínez Carrillo has spent the past two years working on the implementation of the peace agreement signed by the Colombian government and FARC-EP in 2016. His work focuses on legal topics including the constitutional amendments and other normative changes needed to incorporate the peace agreement into the Colombian legal system, the defence of the rights of victims, and legal frameworks necessary to prosecute those who were involved in atrocious crimes during the conflict. Hobeth has also worked with local communities from some of the regions most affected by the armed conflict, where he has offered technical support in a bottom-up planning process.

Since 2017, Hobeth has been collaborating with the Essex Transitional Justice Network (ETJN) at the University of Essex on a joint research project about the accountability of third-party (economic) actors for their involvement in Colombia’s armed conflict. This partnership led to the publication of a co-authored study aimed at supporting the work of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, one of the institutions created as a result of the peace agreement. In March 2019, Hobeth spent two weeks as a fellow at the University of Essex School of Law as part of its Essex International Visiting Fellowships scheme.

Hobeth began his professional career as a researcher and legal adviser on indigenous peoples’ rights and their relationship with the Colombian penitentiary system, later expanding to encompass topics such as victims’ rights (including forced displacement, land restitution and reparations) and land issues (such as property concentration, land seizure and agrarian law).

Hobeth holds a law degree from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAL) and an MA from the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law (IISL), affiliated to the University of the Basque Country. He is member of the Research Committee on Sociology of Law (RCSL), and recently published Entre coacción y colaboración: Verdad judicial, actores económicos y conflicto armado en Colombia and Domando la incertidumbre: el control judicial de actos legislativos en tiempos de transición de la guerra hacia la paz (both co-authored, 2018).

Twitter: @HobethMC

“What gives me hope? Politics from below/grassroots politics; republicanism as opposed to liberal democracies.”
— Hobeth Martínez Carrillo