International Crimes, Local Justice
This study is focused on what Judge Sang-Hyun Song, the former president of the International Criminal Court (ICC), has called “one of the most burning challenges for the further development of the emerging system of international justice”: how to ensure that national court systems, and not just the ICC, have the capacity to prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
The handbook takes a step-by-step approach to the elements required to ensure that a trial meets international fair trial standards, while engaging the local affected communities in the process of justice, steps ranging from the provision of witness protection capacity, to efforts to educate local journalists and community leaders.
Examples drawn from support for existing international tribunals show that existing rule-of-law funders are already engaged in the kind of work needed to create the needed complementarity between local judicial systems and the International Criminal Court.
How International Justice Can Go Local
Over 30 national and regional initiatives have been launched to prosecute mass atrocity crimes since the early 1990s. A comprehensive new survey looks at the lessons learned.
Case Digests: Update on Domestic Accountability for International Crimes
Short summaries of key decisions and other developments from national courts relating to accountability for international crimes, from late 2011 to May 2013.
Rights Groups Urge Completion of Guatemala Genocide Trial
Four international legal and human rights groups are together urging all concerned to ensure that the trial of former military leader Efrain Rios Montt proceeds with due respect for judicial independence.