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

This executive summary of a forthcoming briefing paper explores the efforts of independent investigative agencies (IIAs) to investigate and prosecute allegations of serious crimes against police and other state agents.

January 14, 2021
First page of PDF with filename: iia-executive-summary-1142021.pdf
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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
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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
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
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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
First page of PDF with filename: brief-access-to-health-care-in-prisons-07082020.pdf
Fact Sheet

What is Ethnic Profiling?

Ethnic profiling takes place when law enforcement targets people not because of what they have done, but who they are. This fact sheet outlines the impact that the discriminatory practice has on people's lives in Europe.

April 2020
First page of PDF with filename: profling-20200403.pdf
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