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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
Briefing Paper

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
Briefing Paper

Latest 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
Briefing Paper

Universal Jurisdiction Law and Practice in Switzerland

This briefing paper, produced in partnership with TRIAL International, provides an overview of the Swiss national legal framework on universal jurisdiction.

June, 2019
First page of PDF with filename: universal-jurisdiction-law-practice-switzerland-20190712.pdf
Fact Sheet

Bosco Ntaganda ICC Judgment

After more than three years, judges at the International Criminal Court will pass judgment on Bosco Ntaganda, a former Congolese general and militia leader, on July 8, 2019.

July 02, 2019
First page of PDF with filename: factsheet-ntaganda_judgment-2019_07_02-(1).pdf
Briefing Paper

Universal Jurisdiction Law and Practice in Germany

This briefing paper provides an overview of how German law and legal practice interprets the principles of universal jurisdiction with respect to international atrocity crimes.

April 17, 2019
First page of PDF with filename: universal-jurisdiction-law-and-practice-germany-20190417.pdf
Briefing Paper

Universal Jurisdiction Law and Practice in France

This briefing paper provides an overview of how French law and practice interprets the principles of universal jurisdiction with respect to international atrocity crimes.

March 2019
First page of PDF with filename: FRANCE_Universal Jurisdiction_FINAL_AMENDED_clean (1).pdf
Briefing Paper

Challenging German Support for U.S. Drone Strikes

On Wednesday, March 13, an administrative appeals court in Northern Germany will review a legal challenge filed by a Somali herdsman whose innocent father was killed in a U.S. drone strike.

March 2019
First page of PDF with filename: germany-drones-case-background-20190308.pdf
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