Legacy Project Lecture Featuring Cécile Mouly: “A Network Analysis of the Work of the Colombian Truth Commission on Exile”


The Colombian Truth Commission resulted from the 2016 Colombian Peace Accord and was innovative in various respects. It worked with victims of the country’s protracted civil war, both within Colombia and abroad, using an “extra-territorial” approach. For this outreach, the Commission used a networked structure with more than 100 volunteers in 24 countries who coordinated logistics to interview more than 2,000 victims. Cécile Mouly will present preliminary findings of a joint research project to map the actors who contributed to the work of the Truth Commission abroad and the networked structures through which they connected with each other. A peace studies doctoral student (TBA) will provide remarks as a discussant.

Mouly is professor and researcher at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Ecuador, and an expert in conflict analysis for the UN System Staff College and the UN Development Programme. She holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Cambridge.

This event will be held in person, with a Zoom option for those who cannot physically attend.

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This event takes place within the framework of the Legacy Project at the University of Notre Dame, which seeks to preserve the digital archive of the Colombian Truth Commission and provides unique sources of testimonies from more than 30,000 victims, witnesses, and offenders of the 52-year long armed conflict.

It is cosponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Clingen Family Center for the Study of Northern Ireland, and the Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society, with the support of Humanity United.