Topic: International Justice

Litigation

Criminal Complaint for Saudi Crimes Against Humanity in Belgium

The Justice Initiative filed a complaint of crimes against humanity with the Belgian federal prosecutor under universal jurisdiction on behalf of Alia and Lina al-Hathloul for grave crimes committed against their sister Loujain al-Hathloul by the Saudi regime.

Last update: June 21, 2022
Press release

Justice Initiative Calls on Belgian Court to Reject Recommendation to Dismiss Case on Saudi Crackdown on Political Dissidents

The complaint is a first-of-its-kind legal filing to address the full scale of crimes committed by the Saudi regime against detractors since Mohammed bin Salman was appointed crown prince in 2017.

June 21, 2022
Publication

Model Indictment for the Crime of Aggression Committed against Ukraine

This model indictment prepared by the Justice Initiative demonstrates that building a solid case against Russian President Vladimir Putin and other senior leaders for the crime of aggression is feasible. In addition to Putin, it names six Russian officials involved in the initiation, planning, preparation, and execution of acts of aggression against Ukraine starting on February 24, 2022.

May 09, 2022
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Voices

Q&A: How Putin Could Be Put on Trial for the Crime of Aggression

James A. Goldston, executive director of the Justice Initiative, explains how Russia’s President Vladimir Putin could be prosecuted for the crime of aggression committed against Ukraine.

May 09, 2022
People run along a footpath as smoke rises in the background
Briefing Paper

UN Entities’ Powers to Establish Administrative Reparations Programs

This briefing paper provides an overview of the powers of various UN entities to establish administrative reparations programs for gross violations of international human rights law, serious violations of international humanitarian law and/or international crimes, and their past practice on this subject.

March 2022
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Briefing Paper

From Spectators to Champions: How Supportive States Can Promote Cooperation with the International Criminal Court through Multilateral Bodies

This briefing paper offers recommendations as to how the ICC should approach cooperation challenges, as well as how states that are supportive of its work could leverage multilateral bodies’ support to influence reluctant governments to cooperate with the ICC.

February 28, 2022
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Press release

Civil Society Groups Urge Egypt to Implement Decision from Africa’s Top Human Rights Body on Torture and Abusive Detention

The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) and the Open Society Justice Initiative have sent a letter to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to express grave concern about Egypt’s continued non-compliance with the Commission’s decision in El Sharkawi v. Arab Republic of Egypt.

October 20, 2021
Litigation

Hanan v. Germany

In 2016, Abdul Hanan, the father of the two boys killed in a German airstrike in Afghanistan, filed a complaint before the European Court for Human Rights alleging that Germany had not conducted an effective investigation into the attack.

Last update: September 25, 2021
Briefing Paper

European States’ Obligations to Repatriate the Children Detained in Camps in Northeast Syria

This legal briefing paper provides information to assist practitioners in advocating and litigating for the repatriation of children who are detained in northeast Syria and whose parents are European nationals possibly affiliated with ISIS.

July 2021
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Press release

Justice Initiative Commends the Supreme Court for Declining to Immunize US Companies for International Law Violations Committed Abroad

The Supreme Court has ruled against enslaved children's bid to hold U.S. companies accountable for abusive labor practices, it also held that companies are not fully exempt—leaving open a route to greater corporate accountability.

June 17, 2021
Advocacy update

Human Rights Organizations Thank ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda for Service

Human rights organizations sent their gratitude to the outgoing International Criminal Court’s Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, for her many years of service.

June 14, 2021
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Settles ICC Executive Order Lawsuit with the Biden Administration

The Open Society Justice Initiative settled their lawsuit against the U.S. government an executive order that authorized sanctions against the International Criminal Court.

April 30, 2021
Voices

Why the End of U.S. Sanctions on the International Criminal Court Matters to My Community

By rescinding the sanctions, President Biden is acting in line with the promises made during his election campaign to heal his own nation and its relationships with the world.

April 19, 2021 | Victor Ochen
A community listens to the ICC verdict broadcasted in Lukodi, Uganda
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Supports ACLU’s Challenge against International Criminal Court Sanctions

The Justice Initiative supports the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who filed a preliminary injunction in their case challenging the Trump administration’s executive order that authorized sanctions against individuals who assist the ICC.

March 15, 2021
Voices

For Hope for Human Rights, Look to Implementation

How effectively can UN and regional human rights treaty bodies police governments who violate human rights law and enforce decisions? Progress over the past ten years signals hope for the future of international human rights.

February 17, 2021 | Christian De Vos
Press release

ASP Presidency Fails to Protect the Integrity of the Election of the Next ICC Prosecutor

In advance of the election of the next International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor now scheduled for February 12, 2021, the Justice Initiative laments the failure of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) presidency to establish a genuine vetting process for all candidates.

February 10, 2021
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
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Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Signs Open Letter to the ICC Assembly of States Parties on Prosecutor Elections

The Justice Initiative joins more than a dozen organizations calling on the ASP to ensure a transparent and merit-based election process for the next ICC Prosecutor.

December 07, 2020
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Continues to Call for Fairness and Transparency in ICC Prosecutor Election Process

In light of indications that International Criminal Court (ICC) states parties are considering late-stage changes to the election process for the court’s next prosecutor, the Justice Initiative has joined more than a dozen civil society groups in an open letter calling for states to ensure that the process remains fair, transparent, and merit-based.

October 21, 2020
Press release

Justice Initiative and Syrian Archive Expose New Information on Syria’s Chemical Weapons Program

After two years of investigations, the Open Society Justice Initiative and the human rights group Syrian Archive have compiled the most comprehensive investigative report to date on Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC), the entity at the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons program.

October 19, 2020
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