Topic: International Justice
Palestine’s ICC Option and the Politics of Peace
With renewed talks underway between Israel and the Palestinians, the status of a Palestinian approach to the International Criminal Court remains murky.
Open Society Justice Initiative Welcomes Affirmation of Taylor Verdict
The appeals chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone upheld the 50-year prison sentence for war crimes and crimes against humanity given to Charles Taylor, the former Liberia leader.
Charles Taylor’s Fate: Will He Be Back in Liberia?
An international tribunal rules on Thursday on the appeal of Charles Taylor, former Liberian president, against his conviction and 50-year sentence for war crimes.
The Trial of Charles Taylor before the Special Court for Sierra Leone: the Appeal Judgment
The arguments in the appeal of Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president, against his war crimes conviction by the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
The Funding Challenge for Reparations in Cambodia
The Khmer Rouge tribunal in Cambodia has broken new ground in recognizing the voice of the victims of mass crimes. But providing promised reparations now requires adequate donor funding.
Kenya: Trial of William Samoei Ruto and Joshua arap Sang at the International Criminal Court
This background paper summarizes the relevant historical and legal background of the trial of William Samoei Ruto and Joshua arap Sang in The Hague.
Funding Crisis Threatens to Shutter Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Court
The international community must ease the financial strain on the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia or risk impunity for atrocities committed under the Khmer Rouge.
Justice Doesn’t Come Cheap. Can the ICC Afford It?
With a possible new investigation in Nigeria looming, the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor has made a first ever request for substantial new financial support. Will states pay up?
Troubled Khmer Rouge Investigation Raises New Transparency Concerns
Lawyers representing a suspect under investigation by Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal have been denied access to the case file, in spite of repeated requests.
Case Digests: Update on Domestic Accountability for International Crimes
Short summaries of key decisions and other developments from national courts relating to accountability for international crimes, from late 2011 to May 2013.
Case Digests: Update on International Criminal Courts and Tribunals
Short summaries of key decisions and other developments relating to international criminal justice taken from May 2012 to March 2013.
Legal Stalemate over Guatemala’s Rios Montt Genocide Trial Threatens Victims’ Rights
The Open Society Justice Initiative is deeply concerned that the prosecution of former military leader Efrain Rios Montt remains stalled.
International Groups Welcome Progress in Guatemalan Genocide Trial but Criticize Delaying Tactics
Nine international human rights and legal groups have welcomed the resumption of the Guatemalan trial of Efraín Ríos Montt, the former military dictator, for genocide and crimes against humanity.
Case Watch: European Court Rules on Amnesty and Double Jeopardy
If a trial for international crimes is stopped due to an amnesty, would a subsequent retrial violate the double jeopardy principle?
Rights Groups Urge Completion of Guatemala Genocide Trial
Four international legal and human rights groups are together urging all concerned to ensure that the trial of former military leader Efrain Rios Montt proceeds with due respect for judicial independence.
Rios Montt Genocide Trial Confronts Political Push-Back in Guatemala
Guatemala’s current president has joined those warning against a finding of genocide in the trial of former military dictator Efrain Rios Montt.
Beyond Arusha: The Global Effort to Prosecute Rwanda’s Genocide
The prosecution of Rwandan genocide cases in national courts is vital as the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda prepares to conclude its work.
Case Watch: What a Yugoslav War Crimes Acquital Means for Charles Taylor
The conviction of General Momčilo Perišić for aiding and abetting war crimes was overturned by the ICTY, with implications for the appeal of former Liberian president Charles Taylor
Recent Developments at the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia: March 2013
It remains doubtful that Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal will successfully complete its current caseload and make a positive contribution to ending impunity and increasing respect for the rule of law.
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.