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Who Polices the Police? The Role of Independent Agencies in Criminal Investigations

This publication explores the efforts of independent investigative agencies to investigate and prosecute allegations of serious crimes against police and other state agents.

May 07, 2021
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Challenging Ethnic Profiling in Europe: A Guide for Campaigners and Organizers

This guide provides an international overview of how to challenge and end ethnic profiling, distilling key lessons and strategic insights learned from over a decade of work on the ground.

April 28, 2021
First page of PDF with filename: challenging-ethnic-profiling-in-europe-20210727.pdf

Universal Jurisdiction in Sweden: Victims of Syria’s Chemical Weapons Attacks Demand Justice

This briefing paper explains the criminal complaints filed in Sweden on April 19, 2021, against the Syrian government for chemical weapons attacks in Al-Ghouta and Khan Shaykhun and the broader campaign for criminal accountability for chemical weapons use in Syria.

April 20, 2021
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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
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Model Emergency Housing Legislation: Protecting the Right to Housing during COVID-19

This comprehensive model emergency legislation, developed by the Open Society Justice Initiative, the Open Society Initiative for Europe, The Shift, and a coalition of human rights groups, consists of legal provisions that governments can use to protect the right to housing during the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis.

December 08, 2020
First page of PDF with filename: ji-covid_housing_report-housing_legislation-2020_12_09.pdf

Protecting the Right to Housing During the COVID-19 Crisis

This briefing paper highlights the patchwork approach that States across the world have taken in order to protect the right to housing during the COVID-19 crisis, and examines the need for more comprehensive emergency legislation to prevent evictions during a global pandemic.

December 08, 2020
First page of PDF with filename: ji-covid_housing_report-2020_12_07.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
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The Right to Health Care in Prison during the COVID-19 Pandemic

This legal brief for legal practitioners and advocates details the international legal framework that governs the duty of states to protect the health and life of incarcerated persons during the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 2020
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