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Briefing Paper

Universal Jurisdiction Law and Practice in Germany

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

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

Universal Jurisdiction Law and Practice in France

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

March 2019
First page of PDF with filename: universal-jurisdiction-law-and-practice-france.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
Briefing Paper

Recent Developments in the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia: January 2019

This brief provides an update on recent decisions and outstanding issues at the Phnom Penh based tribunal that was established with international support to try those responsible for Khmer Rouge atrocity crimes.

January 2019
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-eccc-recent-developments-20180118.pdf
Briefing Paper

The Election of the Next International Criminal Court Prosecutor

Potential candidates for the role of Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court should be interviewed by a committee of experts, and participate in “town hall” style meetings open to members of the public.

November 2018
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-paper-ICC-elections-20181119.pdf
Briefing Paper

Legal Analysis: Hungary’s Special Tax on Migration-Related Activities

A summary legal analysis of Hungary’s law imposing a special tax on migration-related activities and financing.

November 2018
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-paper-hungary-special-tax-analysis-20181114.pdf
Report

Strategic Litigation Impacts: Insights from Global Experience

Drawing on years of field-based research, this report takes an unprecedented, empirical look at the impacts of strategic human rights litigation.

October 2018
First page of PDF with filename: strategic-litigation-impacts-insights-20181023.pdf
Briefing Paper

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.

October 2018
First page of PDF with filename: submission-uncat-netherlands-20181015.pdf
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