Topic: International Justice
Excellence, not Politics, should Choose the Judges at the ICC
Nominations and elections of judicial candidates at the International Criminal Court often overlook merit-based considerations in favor of political interests. It's time for reform.
Raising the Bar: Improving the Nomination and Election of Judges to the International Criminal Court
There are currently significant flaws in the way that the member states of the International Criminal Court identify and elect judges to the court, leading to the election of less-qualified candidates, and a bench dominated by a handful of states.
The Trial of Bosco Ntaganda at the ICC: Sentencing
This background paper summarizes the main issues in the trial at the International Criminal Court of Bosco Ntaganda, the former Congolese rebel leader, ahead of his sentencing hearing, which runs September 17-20, 2019.
Latest Developments at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia: August 2019
This report summarizes recent developments at Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal, including the death of Nuon Chea, the publication of the second judgment against him and Khieu Samphan, and further division between the ECCC's Cambodian and international investigating judges, this time in the case against Yim Tith.
Universal Jurisdiction Law and Practice in Switzerland
This briefing paper, produced in partnership with TRIAL International, provides an overview of the Swiss national legal framework on universal jurisdiction.
Bosco Ntaganda ICC Judgment
After more than three years, judges at the International Criminal Court will pass judgment on Bosco Ntaganda, a former Congolese general and militia leader, on July 8, 2019.
Universal Jurisdiction Law and Practice in Germany
This briefing paper provides an overview of how German law and legal practice interprets the principles of universal jurisdiction with respect to international atrocity crimes.
Universal Jurisdiction Law and Practice in France
This briefing paper provides an overview of how French law and practice interprets the principles of universal jurisdiction with respect to international atrocity crimes.
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.
International Prosecutors Fought Corruption in Guatemala. Now They’ve Been Ordered Out
The United States is acquiescing in the destruction of one of the few institutions that has shown success in targeting the main causes of Guatemala’s dysfunction.
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.
How International Justice Can Go Local
Over 30 national and regional initiatives have been launched to prosecute mass atrocity crimes since the early 1990s. A comprehensive new survey looks at the lessons learned.
Recent Developments in the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia: September 2018
This briefing paper summarizes the outcome of the ECCC's investigation into charges against Ao An, an 85-year-old former Khmer Rouge commander, which resulted in two competing orders from the two investigating judges.
A Better Tool for Ensuring International Justice
The Open Society Justice Initiative is unveiling a new tool for making the work done by the International Criminal Court and other key tribunals more accessible to all.
ICC Bemba Appeal
This fact sheet provides background information on the appeal of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo at the International Criminal Court.
Mexico’s Criminal Justice System Is Failing. It’s Time for a New Vision of Reform
Human rights advocates, as well as a diverse collection of artists and policymakers, are calling on the government to seek international support in order to reinvigorate a discredited justice system.
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.
A Toolkit for Drafting Complaints to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and Committee Against Torture
This manual for human rights activists and lawyers seeks to develop their skills in using litigation as one of the tools to combat torture, cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment and punishment.
The Molina Theissen Trial in the Courts of Guatemala
Background information on the trial of former senior Guatemalan military officers over crimes against humanity allegedly committed against members of the Molina Theissen family in 1981.
Options for Justice: A Handbook for Designing Accountability Mechanisms for Grave Crimes
Options for Justice assesses the record of different approaches to delivering accountability in the aftermath of conflict—and draws lessons for the design of future mechanisms.