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European States’ Obligations to Repatriate the Children Detained in Camps in Northeast Syria

A legal briefing paper to assist practitioners in advocating and litigating for the repatriation of children who are detained in northeast Syria and whose parents are European nationals possibly affiliated with ISIS.

July 2021
First page of PDF with filename: european-states’-obligations-to-repatriate-the-children-detained-in-camps-in-northeast-syria-20210722.pdf
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The Trial of Dominic Ongwen at the ICC: The Judgment

This paper summarizes the main issues in the trial of Dominic Ongwen, a former commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group, including evidence presented by the prosecution, defense, and victims’ representatives.

February 2021
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-paper-dominic-ongwen-trial-judgment-20210202.pdf
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Electing the Next Judges of the International Criminal Court: Principles and Essential Skills

This briefing paper outlines the steps member states should prioritize during the elections of six new judges to the International Criminal Court to ensure the highest caliber candidates are elected.

October 17, 2020
First page of PDF with filename: electing-the-next-judges-of-the-icc-10-17-2020.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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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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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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