Read and download reports, handbooks, briefing papers, legal and policy submissions, and fact sheets from the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Submission to the UN Commission against Torture Review of the Netherlands
This submission argues that the Dutch government’s use of specialized high-security “terrorist” detention units has led to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Corruption that Kills: Why Mexico Needs an International Mechanism to Combat Impunity
This report argues Mexico needs an international response to investigate and prosecute atrocity crimes.
Strategic Litigation Impacts: Torture in Custody
This study looks at how activists in Argentina, Kenya, and Turkey have sought to use the courts to secure remedies for torture victims and survivors, bring those responsible to justice, and enforce and strengthen the law.
Recent Developments at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia: November 2016
The ECCC's Supreme Court affirmed life sentences given to the two senior surviving Khmer Rouge leaders, but severely criticized the handling of their trial.
Undeniable Atrocities: Confronting Crimes against Humanity in Mexico
This report argues there is a “reasonable basis” to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed against civilians in Mexico over the past decade.
What is the difference between “ordinary” crimes and crimes against humanity? When lawyers talk about international law, what does that mean?
Against the Odds: CICIG in Guatemala
The UN-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala offers a potentially powerful example of how to reinforce the rule of law in states beset by corruption and violence.
Fair and Effective Police Stops
This report provides a roadmap for combating ethnic profiling in police work, drawing on reform efforts by five police departments in Spain.