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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
First page of PDF with filename: faq_chemical-weapons-criminal-complaints-in-sweden_04192021.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

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
First page of PDF with filename: electing-the-next-judges-of-the-icc-10-17-2020.pdf

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
First page of PDF with filename: brief-access-to-health-care-in-prisons-07082020.pdf

Ethnic Profiling

We work with police, activists, and community leaders across multiple European countries to document systemic ethnic profiling by police officers and to put a stop to abuses through new frameworks and policies.

June 23, 2020
Briefing Paper

Universal Jurisdiction Law and Practice in Sweden

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 Sweden's legal framework on universal jurisdiction and was produced in partnership with TRIAL International.

April 2020
First page of PDF with filename: universal-jurisdiction-law-and-practice-sweden.pdf
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