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Model Indictment for the Crime of Aggression Committed against Ukraine

This model indictment prepared by the Justice Initiative demonstrates that building a solid case against Russian President Vladimir Putin and other senior leaders for the crime of aggression is feasible. In addition to Putin, it names six Russian officials involved in the initiation, planning, preparation, and execution of acts of aggression against Ukraine starting on February 24, 2022.

May 09, 2022
First page of PDF with filename: crime-of-aggression-model-indictment_05092022.pdf
Briefing Paper

UN Entities’ Powers to Establish Administrative Reparations Programs

This briefing paper provides an overview of the powers of various UN entities to establish administrative reparations programs for gross violations of international human rights law, serious violations of international humanitarian law and/or international crimes, and their past practice on this subject.

March 2022
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-paper-un-entities'-powers-to-establish-administrative-reparations-programs-en-032022.pdf
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From Spectators to Champions: How Supportive States Can Promote Cooperation with the International Criminal Court through Multilateral Bodies

This briefing paper offers recommendations as to how the ICC should approach cooperation challenges, as well as how states that are supportive of its work could leverage multilateral bodies’ support to influence reluctant governments to cooperate with the ICC.

February 28, 2022
First page of PDF with filename: justice-initiative-ICC-state-cooperation-briefing-paper_02282022.pdf
Briefing Paper

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

This legal briefing paper provides information 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
Briefing Paper

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
Briefing Paper

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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Monitoring Atrocity Crimes Trials: A Guide

This guide provides guidance on observing and reporting on international criminal trials, including guidance on what to monitor, how to convey important information, and how to reach key audiences.

March 2020
First page of PDF with filename: atrocity_guide_full-03192020.pdf
Briefing Paper

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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