Topic: International Justice

Briefing Paper

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.

November 2015
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Briefing Paper

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.

November 2015
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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.

October 2015
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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.

October 06, 2015 | Ken Hurwitz
Briefing Paper

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.

September 2015
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Briefing Paper

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.

August 2015
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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.

June 25, 2015 | James A. Goldston

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.

April 29, 2015 | Marena Brinkhurst
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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.

March 2015
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Briefing Paper

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.

March 2015
First page of PDF with filename: cicig-report-english-20150319.pdf

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.

March 11, 2015 | Kelly Askin

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.

January 12, 2015 | Emi MacLean

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.

December 17, 2014 | Juliana Vengoechea

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.

December 12, 2014 | Casey Rubinoff
Briefing Paper

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.

December 2014
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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.

December 01, 2014 | Jonathan Horowitz
Briefing Paper

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.

November 2014
First page of PDF with filename: lubanga-appeal-briefing-11212014.pdf

Judicial Independence Under Threat in Guatemala

Recent events have shown that Guatemala’s justice system is still subject to powerful political and economic interests.

November 11, 2014 | Emi MacLean

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.

October 30, 2014 | Emi MacLean & Iris Portillo

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.

October 17, 2014 | Heather Ryan
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