Topic: International Justice

Briefing Paper

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

A legal briefing paper 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
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
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Litigation

German Criminal Investigation into Chemical Weapons Attacks in Syria

The Justice Initiative has joined with Syrian groups in filing the first criminal complaint against Syrian government officials for the 2013 and 2017 chemical weapons attacks in Ghouta and Khan Shaykhun. The complaint was filed before the Office of the German Federal Prosecutor.

Last update: October 06, 2020
Litigation

Yenina Esther Martínez Esquivia v. Colombia

Former Colombian delegate prosecutor Yenina Esther Martínez Esquivia has filed a petition before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights concerning her removal in 2004 after Martínez Esquivia ignored her superior’s orders to prematurely close a corruption investigation.

Last update: October 06, 2020
Press release

Open Society Justice Initiative Sues Trump Administration over International Criminal Court Executive Order

The Open Society Justice Initiative has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government over a Trump administration executive order authorizing draconian economic sanctions and severe civil and criminal penalties for those who support the ICC.

October 01, 2020
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Says Nominees for ICC Prosecutor Need Additional Vetting

The Justice Initiative and Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice submitted an open letter asking for additional, robust vetting of all candidates nominated for the ICC’s next prosecutor.

September 11, 2020
Press release

Justice Initiative Calls U.S. Sanctions Designations an Unprecedented Assault on ICC

The Open Society Justice Initiative issues a response to the U.S. government's authorization of sanctions and additional visa restrictions against senior International Criminal Court (ICC) officials, Fatou Bensouda and Phakiso Mochochoko.

September 02, 2020
Press release

Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Tribunal Ends Deadlocked Case against Former Regional Commander

A decision to drop the prosecution of Ao An reflects the entrenched opposition of the Cambodian government to more trials of Khmer Rouge leaders.

August 11, 2020
Advocacy update

Groups Urge State Parties to ICC to Follow Transparent Process for Electing New Prosecutor

In an open letter, the Justice Initiative joins nine organizations in urging state parties to the International Criminal Court to adhere to the existing process of electing its next prosecutor, including refraining from nominating candidates not included in the shortlist released on June 30, 2020.

July 16, 2020
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