Topic: International Justice


Guatemala at the Cross Roads in Search for Justice

With the trial of a former president for genocide and crimes against humanity, Guatemala is following other Latin American countries that have sought justice for historic human rights abuses.

March 19, 2013 | James A. Goldston
Woman walking

The Power of Women in Advancing the Cause of Gender Justice

The presence of women on international war crimes tribunals and as advocates for gender justice has played a vital role in the gains seen in the two decades in recognizing rape as a war-crime.

March 07, 2013 | Kelly Askin
Briefing Paper

Laurent Gbagbo: Summaries of ICC Confirmation of Charges Hearing

Legal arguments at the confirmation of charges hearings at the ICC in the case of Laurent Gbagbo, former president of the Ivory Coast.

February 2013
First page of PDF with filename: Gbagbo-confirmation-day1-eng-02192012.pdf

Coalition on Violence Against Women and Others v. the Attorney-General of Kenya and Others

A group of Kenyan civil society organizations and victims of sexual and gender-based violence have brought a case to the Nairobi High Court against six Kenyan government officials demanding accountability.

Last update: February 20, 2013

ICC Credibility and the Case against Laurent Gbagbo

The opening of hearings in the International Criminal Court's case against Laurent Gbagbo, the former president of Ivory Coast, comes at a critical time for the tribunal.

February 19, 2013 | Alpha Sesay
Briefing Paper

Briefing: ICC Confirmation of Charges Hearing for Laurent Gbagbo

Laurent Gbagbo, former president of Côte d’Ivoire, is accused before the International Criminal Court of crimes against humanity arising from the post-election violence of 2010–2011.

February 2013
First page of PDF with filename: Gbagbo-confirmation-briefing-02152012.pdf
Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: Police Shootings in Kenya

A group of individuals and civil society organizations are filing a petition in the High Court of Kenya, to compel the Kenyan government to address the police shootings that were part of the 2007/2008 post-election violence.

February 14, 2013
First page of PDF with filename: factsheet-police-shootings-20130213_0.pdf

Citizens Against Violence and Others v. the Attorney General of Kenya and Others

More than 400 Kenyans were shot dead by police during the post-election violence in Kenya in early 2008. Victims have brought a class action constitutional case demanding accountability for the killings.

Last update: February 13, 2013

Why Violence in Africa Presents an Existential Threat

Advocates seeking a more open and democratic society in Africa have mostly failed to grasp the extent of the threat posed by violence.

February 13, 2013 | Chidi Odinkalu

Mali: An Attack Against History and a War Crime

The destruction of tombs and museums in Timbuktu constitute war crimes, as defined by the Rome Statute. If charges follow, they would be the first of their kind before the ICC.

February 01, 2013 | Karen Corrie

Amid New Instability, a Struggle for Justice Continues in Eastern Congo

Kelly Askin has just returned from Shabouda, in the Democratic Repubic of Congo, where a mobile court continued to try rape cases, even as M23 militia attacked the provinicial town of Goma, just over 100 miles away.

November 29, 2012 | Kelly Askin

The Future of Cases 003 and 004 at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

This report examines the legal issues at stake in the continuing political struggle over the jurisdiction of the Khmer Rouge tribunal in Cambodia.

October, 2012
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ICC Judges Demand More, Earlier from Prosecutor’s Office

Judges at the International Criminal Court are increasingly requiring prosecutors to deliver a fuller account of the facts of a case at the earliest stage of the legal process.

June 05, 2012 | Alison Cole

The Trial of Ratko Mladic: a Gender Crimes Perspective

Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb commander, is charged at the ICTY with genocide, including the use of rape and other forms as sexual violence as a means to destroy thousands of Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats through "serious bodily or...

May 16, 2012 | Kelly Askin

Charles Taylor Judgment: A Victory for Gender Justice

The guilty verdict against Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, represents the first time that an international court has convicted a former head of state of responsibility for various forms of sexual violence.

April 26, 2012 | Kelly Askin

It Is Time for a Global Agreement on the Rule of Law

This September the "rule of law at the national and international levels" will be on the agenda at the UN General Assembly. There are sharp international differences over what that title means. But there are also important opportunities to agree...

April 19, 2012 | James A. Goldston

The Future of the European Court of Human Rights: A View from Ukraine

European governments are discussing the future of the European Court of Human Rights. For Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries, the importance of the court has never been greater.

April 17, 2012 | Halya Coynash
Briefing Paper

Q & A: Reform of the European Court of Human Rights

As the 47 members of the Council of Europe, this briefing sets out the background issues for journalists and others in question and answer form.

April 2012
First page of PDF with filename: echr-reform-qanda-4-3-12-2.pdf
Fact Sheet

Reform of the ECHR

A brief guide to some of the key terms and concepts used in the debate over reform of the European Court of Human Rights.

March 21, 2012
First page of PDF with filename: echr-glossary-20120321_0.pdf

Case Watch: Inter-American Court to Consider Refugee Status Determinations

For the first time, the Inter-American Court will take on a case that raises the issue of a state's obligation to give proper consideration to requests for asylum and not to return a person to a country where they would be at risk of ill-treatment.

March 21, 2012 | Ben Batros
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