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Raising the Bar: Improving the Nomination and Election of Judges to the International Criminal Court

There are currently significant flaws in the way that the member states of the International Criminal Court identify and elect judges to the court, leading to the election of less-qualified candidates, and a bench dominated by a handful of states.

October 28, 2019
First page of PDF with filename: raising-the-bar-20191112.pdf
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Legal Remedies for Grand Corruption

This collection of essays explores how civil society groups have been taking innovative legal approaches to hold to account those responsible for high-level corruption, and looks at possible new strategies for the future.

June 07, 2019
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A Toolkit for Drafting Complaints to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and Committee Against Torture

This manual for human rights activists and lawyers seeks to develop their skills in using litigation as one of the tools to combat torture, cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment and punishment.

April 2018
First page of PDF with filename: litigation-toolkit-torture-20180427.pdf
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Civil Society and the Copenhagen Declaration on Reform of the European Court of Human Rights

Remarks delivered by James A. Goldston, executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative, on the response of civil society to Denmark's proposed reforms of the European Court of Human Rights.

April 11, 2018 | James A. Goldston
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France’s Biens Mal Acquis Affair: Lessons from a Decade of Legal Struggle

Teodorin Obiang, vice president of Equatorial Guinea, is facing trial in Paris on money laundering and corruption charges—due almost entirely to a 10-year legal campaign by French anti-corruption groups.

May 2017
First page of PDF with filename: legal-remedies-11-perdriel-20170612.pdf
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South Africa: Public Trust Theory as the Basis for Resource Corruption Litigation

South Africa’s 1994 Constitution has led to statutes that incorporate the doctrine of public trust into environmental and natural resources law—strengthening potential legal remedies for challenging corruption.

August 2016
First page of PDF with filename: legal-remedies-6-schyff-20160802.pdf
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Legal Remedies for Victims of Bribery under United States Law

The U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has enabled "follow on" claims from foreign governments and others who suffer losses as a result of corrupt dealings. But many questions about the status of such claims remain open.

June 2016
First page of PDF with filename: legal-remedies-5-messick-20160601_0.pdf
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Private Prosecutions: A Potential Anticorruption Tool in English Law

Private prosecution may offer opportunities in combating corruption, when the criminal actor is part of the state, and state actors may be reluctant to act.

May 2016
First page of PDF with filename: legal-remedies-4-edmonds-jugnarain-20160505.pdf
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