Topic: International Justice

Briefing Paper

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.

September 10, 2019
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Briefing Paper

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.

August, 2019
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Briefing Paper

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.

June, 2019
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Fact Sheet

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.

July 02, 2019
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Briefing Paper

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.

April 17, 2019
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Briefing Paper

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.

March 2019
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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
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Voices

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.

January 10, 2019 | Eric Witte
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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
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Voices

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.

October 04, 2018 | Eric Witte
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Briefing Paper

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.

September 2018
First page of PDF with filename: recent-developments-at-the-extraordinary-chambers-in-the-courts-of-cambodia-20180914.pdf
Voices

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.

July 17, 2018 | Taegin Reisman
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Fact Sheet

ICC Bemba Appeal

This fact sheet provides background information on the appeal of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo at the International Criminal Court.

June 2018
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Voices

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.

May 04, 2018 | Christian De Vos
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Report

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.

May 2018
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Publication

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.

April 2018
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Briefing Paper

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.

February 2018
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Report

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.

May 2018
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Voices

Who Picks the Judges? On International Tribunals, Secrecy Too Often Prevails

A new report looks at the often opaque processes surrounding the selection of judges and commissioners for human rights tribunals in Europe, Africa, and Latin America.

November 03, 2017 | Christian De Vos
Briefing Paper

Recent Developments at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia: June 2017

This briefing paper analyzes a proposal from the two co-investigating judges to put a permanent stay on their investigations in the court’s three outstanding cases.

June 2017
First page of PDF with filename: recent-developments-eccc-june-2017-20160614.pdf
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