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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.