Topic: International Justice

Briefing Paper

Universal Jurisdiction Law and Practice in Norway

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

January 2020
First page of PDF with filename: universal-jurisdiction-research-norway-2020020.pdf
Report

Recent Developments at the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia: January, 2020

A ten-year deadlock over efforts to prosecute former Khmer Rouge senior officials for atrocity crimes is entering its final stages, after the ECCC pre-trial chamber split on whether to proceed with the trial of Ao An.

January, 2020
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-eccc-recent-developments-20200109.pdf
Voices

Building Roads to Justice in Syria

The Open Society Justice Initiative is part of a broad movement of Syrian and international groups that are bringing some of those responsible for atrocity crimes in Syria before courts in Europe.

December 17, 2019 | Steve Kostas & Eric Witte
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Litigation

Federal Prosecutor's Office v. Anwar R.

This case, brought in Germany under the principles of Universal Jurisdiction, involves alleged responsibility for crimes against humanity committed in Syria, involving the accused, a former senior official with the Syrian government's General Intelligence Directorate.

Last update: December 03, 2019
Voices

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.

October 28, 2019 | Yassir Al-Khudayri and Christian De Vos
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Publication

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.

October 28, 2019
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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
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-eccc-recent-developments-20190829.pdf
Briefing Paper

Universal Jurisdiction Law and Practice in Switzerland

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

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

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-20190417.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: FRANCE_Universal Jurisdiction_FINAL_AMENDED_clean (1).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
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
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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
First page of PDF with filename: factsheet-ICC-bemba-appeal-judgment-20180605.pdf
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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