Topic: International Justice
Establishing Performance Indicators for the International Criminal Court
This paper argues that any indicators developed by the ICC to assess its effectiveness should include operational indicators, Rome Statute system indicators, and impact indicators.
Civil Society Perspectives on Fact-finding and the International Criminal Court
Key findings from a consultation with civil society on fact-finding and the International Criminal Court.
Recent Developments at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia: October 2015
Cambodia's UN-backed tribunal is continuing the second trial of two surviving Khmer Rouge officials, but uncertainties remain over the course of two additional cases.
Two Steps Forward in the Patient Pursuit of Ill-Gotten Gains
Arrests in Panama and Spain highlight the role civil society can play in fighting the corruption and illicit financial flows now targeted in the new global development goals.
The Trial of Bemba et al. at the International Criminal Court
Read the background to the first trial at the International Criminal Court involving charges of corrupting witnesses appearing before the court.
The Trial of Bosco Ntaganda at the ICC
A summary of the main issues in the trial of Bosco Ntaganda before the International Criminal Court for with war crimes and crimes against humanity.
An ICC Investigation of Possible War Crimes in Palestine Could Benefit All Involved
The White House and Israel both oppose the court taking a role in the region, but the process holds tangible rewards for all parties.
A Legal Lifeline for Communities Threatened by Resource Development Projects Grantee Spotlight
Meet the volunteer legal experts ensuring that resource development doesn’t bulldoze people’s lives.
Recent Developments at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia: March 2015
This review covers developments in the second trial of two surviving Khmer Rouge senior leaders, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, as well as moves by the Cambodian government to obstruct two new prosecutions.
Unfinished Business: Guatemala’s International Commission against Impunity
The International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala remains an “indispensable partner” in battle against organized criminality, according to this review of the performance of the UN-backed body.
For the First Time, a Woman Judge Heads the International Criminal Court
The election of Judge Silvia Fernandez as the first woman president of the International Criminal Court marks a significant step forward for the proper representation of women in the top ranks of international justice.
Beyond the Rios Montt Trial, Guatemala’s Search for Justice Continues
The hurdles facing the prosecution of a former military dictator on genocide charges show the complexities of coming to terms with horrific crimes of the past.
Case Watch: A Step Forward in Colombia’s Struggle for Truth
An Inter-American Court decision addresses abuses committed by the military in the aftermath of a bloody siege at Colombia’s main court building in 1985.
The UK Debate on Europe’s Human Rights Court: An Update
The outcome of the British debate over the European Court of Human Rights will have an impact on rights in the rest of Europe, and the rest of the world.
Statement to the 13th Session of the Assembly of States Parties New York, December 2014
In a statement to the body that controls the International Criminal Court, the Open Society Justice Initiative has urged the creation of performance indicators for international justice.
Case Watch: Netherlands Liable over Iraq War Checkpoint Death
A case involving the shooting of an Iraqi civilian has added to a growing jurisprudence on the obligation to investigate human rights abuses in times of armed conflict abroad.
The Trial of Thomas Lubanga at the International Criminal Court: The Appeal Judgment
This briefing paper sets the stage for the ICC’s judgment on December 1, 2014, on the appeal of Thomas Lubanga, summarizing the main issues at stake.
Judicial Independence Under Threat in Guatemala
Recent events have shown that Guatemala’s justice system is still subject to powerful political and economic interests.
Justice in Guatemala: New Efforts, Continuing Threats
Almost 20 years after the end of Guatemala’s bitter civil war, victims of human rights atrocities are still waiting for offenders to be brought to justice. Their quest is now at a critical crossroads.
Trying Khmer Rouge Leaders Twice: A Guide for the Perplexed
Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal has begun a second trial on charges including genocide of two aged former Khmer Rouge senior leaders although both have already received life sentences for other crimes against humanity.