Topic: 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.

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
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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
Press release

Former Khmer Rouge Leaders Found Guilty of Crimes against Humanity

The conviction on of the two most senior surviving leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime marks a historic milestone both for international justice, and for Cambodia’s effort to confront its violent past.

August 06, 2014

After More Than a Decade, the Truth About CIA Torture in Poland

The European Court of Human Rights sent a clear message that abuses perpetrated by the CIA will not be tolerated in modern Europe, and those who perpetrate them will be held accountable.

July 24, 2014 | Amrit Singh

To Strengthen the ICC, Look to Its Member States

July 17 marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court. Carlos Castresana, the noted Spanish jurist, outlines some ideas for change.

July 14, 2014 | Carolyn O’Neil

Guatemalan Judge Faces Retaliation over Role in Genocide Trial

Judge Yassmin Barrios presided over the genocide trial of Guatemala's former dictator Efrain Rios Montt. Now she is under attack by his allies.

April 07, 2014 | Emi MacLean

Katanga Judgment Underlines Need for Stronger ICC Focus on Sexual Violence

The conviction of Germain Katanga for war crimes is a welcome step forward. But when it comes to crimes like rape and sexual slavery, international tribunals like this one have done a poor job.

March 11, 2014 | Kelly Askin
Press release

Khmer Rouge Tribunal Urged to Step Up Outreach

The Open Society Justice Initiative is urging Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal and its international supporters to renew efforts to inform the Cambodian people about the tribunal's work.

March 10, 2014

International Justice Monitor: A New Resource for Tracking Mass Atrocity Trials

A new website builds on seven years of monitoring trials of mass atrocities, in courts from The Hague to Guatemala and Cambodia.

March 05, 2014 | James A. Goldston
Press release

Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Tribunal Must Protect Suspects’ Rights

The Khmer Rouge tribunal in Cambodia must protect the rights of suspects in the investigation of two cases that have not yet come to trial.

February 12, 2014
Press release

Guatemalan Court Ruling on Attorney General’s Term Undermines Rule of Law

Guatemala’s constutional court has moved to cut short the four year term of the country’s reforming attorney general, Claudia Paz y Paz.

February 07, 2014
Press release

Decisions Needed Now to Ensure Fullest Possible Trial for Khmer Rouge Leaders

Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal must take steps now to ensure that two surviving former leaders of the Khmer Rouge face trial for the full range of charges against them.

December 16, 2013

Guatemala Faces Human Rights Complaint over Rios Montt Trial Debacle

Guatemalan civil society groups are challenging the overturning of the Rios Montt verdict, in a petition before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

November 07, 2013 | Emi MacLean
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