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Universal Jurisdiction Law and Practice in Norway

The principle of universal jurisdiction allows national courts to investigate and prosecute international crimes committed on foreign territory by foreign nationals. This briefing paper provides an overview of Norway's legal framework on universal jurisdiction and was produced in partnership with TRIAL International.

January 2020
First page of PDF with filename: universal-jurisdiction-law-and-practice-norway.pdf
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Kenya's National Integrated Identity Management Scheme (NIIMS)

Kenya's introduction of a national digital identity scheme has triggered protests from local human rights and community groups concerned with both privacy, and the scheme's impact on minority communities.

March 2020
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-kenya-niims-03232020.pdf
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The Case of Khaled el-Masri v. FYRO Macedonia

An update on the implementation of the European Court of Human Rights ruling in the case of Khaled el-Masri, a Germany national who was seized and detained in 2004 i in what was then the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and handed over to the CIA and rendered to Afghanistan.

November 26, 2019
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-com-elmasri-20191126.pdf
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The Use of EU Law to Protect Civic Space

This briefing paper examines how European Union law can be used to protect the fundamental rights of independent civil society groups, in the face of government encroachment.

November 12, 2019
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-eu-law-civic-space.pdf
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The Trial of Bosco Ntaganda at the ICC: Sentencing

This background paper summarizes the main issues in the trial at the International Criminal Court of Bosco Ntaganda, the former Congolese rebel leader, ahead of his sentencing hearing, which runs September 17-20, 2019.

September 10, 2019
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-paper-ntaganda-sentencing-20190910.pdf
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Recent Developments at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia: August 2019

This report summarizes recent developments at Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal, including the death of Nuon Chea, the publication of the second judgment against him and Khieu Samphan, and further division between the ECCC's Cambodian and international investigating judges, this time in the case against Yim Tith.

August, 2019
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-eccc-recent-developments-20190829.pdf
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Universal Jurisdiction Law and Practice in Switzerland

The principle of universal jurisdiction allows national courts to investigate and prosecute international crimes committed on foreign territory by foreign nationals. This briefing paper provides an overview of Switzerland's legal framework on universal jurisdiction and was produced in partnership with TRIAL International.

June 2019
First page of PDF with filename: universal-jurisdiction-law-and-practice-switzerland.pdf
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Universal Jurisdiction Law and Practice in the Netherlands

The principle of universal jurisdiction allows national courts to investigate and prosecute international crimes committed on foreign territory by foreign nationals. This briefing paper provides an overview of the Netherlands' legal framework on universal jurisdiction and was produced in partnership with TRIAL International.

May 2019
First page of PDF with filename: universal-jurisdiction-law-and-practice-netherlands.pdf
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