Topic: International Justice
Lubanga: A Landmark Decision for International Justice
The International Criminal Court issued its first judgment today—a milestone in the path towards accountability.
Slow Progress for Gay Rights at the United Nations, Part 2
I previously expressed dismay and pessimism about the "progress" on LGBT rights at the United Nations. Unfortunately my fears were well-founded and the Human Rights Council debate on March 7 on the topic was a circus.
Pictures of Atrocity: Turning Video Footage into Evidence of War Crimes
Footage being collected in Syria by smart phones and video cameras has the potential to provide documentation which could serve as critical evidence in future criminal trials.
Litany of Failure: Pressure Mounts for Education Reform in Czech Republic
Two fresh studies have again criticized the Czech Republic's failure to stop channeling Romani children into dead-end "practical" schools—which leaves them under-educated and unqualified for a job—at a rate which dwarfs their non-Romani classmates.
Britain’s Debate over National Security and the Public’s Right to Know
Britain’s debate over the use of classified intelligence material in court highlights the need to set an appropriate and transparent balance between what may legitimately be held in secret, and the public’s right to know.
Briefing Paper: The Trial of Thomas Lubanga Dyilo at the ICC
The International Criminal Court will deliver its first ever judgment on March 14, 2012. This briefing paper summarizes the trial so far, which centers on the alleged use of child soldiers by the accused in conflict in Eastern Congo.
Corporate Accountability Comes before the U.S. Supreme Court
Esther Kiobel and 11 other Nigerian citizens say Shell shares responsibility for abuses they suffered in Nigeria's Ogoni region in the 1990s. The Supreme Court is now deciding whether a federal court in the U.S. can hear their human rights claims...
Fact Sheets: Reform of the European Court of Human Rights
The 47 members of the Council of Europe are again considering reform of the world's leading human rights court. Five fact sheets present an overview of the issues.
Case Watch: European Ruling Affirms the Rights of Migrants at Sea
By requiring states to guarantee human rights beyond their state´s territorial boundaries, Europe´s human rights court has upheld the primacy of fundamental rights and the rule of law.
Case Watch: East Africa's Fledgling Court Feels its Way
The evolution of the case load of the East African Court of Justice also reminds us that those who seek to promote human rights through the legal process must sometimes look beyond traditional forums in order to seek justice.
A Long Walk to Justice for Rape in Eastern Congo Demands Support
A mobile court trained to handle rape cases in Eastern Congo is raising expectations among local people. But international donors must ensure that this vital project doesn't expire for lack of support next year.
Pretrial Abuses Dominate at the European Court of Human Rights
Cases involving pretrial rights abuses made up more than two-thirds of judgments issued by the European Court of Human Rights over the past three months, with most of the cases originating in Russia, Ukraine and Turkey.
Italy’s Migrant Interception Faces European Court Scrutiny
The European Court of Human Rights will rule on Thursday on the case of Somali and Eritrean migrants who were sent back to Libya in 2009 after being intercepted in the Mediterranean by Italian Customs and Coastguard vessels.
Slow Progress for Gay Rights at the United Nations
LGBTI people continue to be murdered, raped, and harassed—sometimes by the government that is supposed to protect them—while the UN is unable to unanimously decide whether these crimes actually violate human rights at all.
Case Watch: Defending Fair Trial Rights in the Czech Republic
The European Court of Human Rights rules that the Czech Republic violated the free trial rights of an applicant seeking restitution of property that was seized after the Second World War.
Case Watch: Balancing Privacy and Public Interest on the Slopes of St. Moritz
A ruling from the European Court of Human Rights involving Princess Caroline of Monaco clarifies the criteria for balancing the right to private life and freedom of expression
Case Watch: Access to Justice Thwarted in The Hague
In an eagerly anticipated decision, the International Court of Justice upheld Germany's sovereign immunity for World War II era violations of international humanitarian law.
The Paralegal Effect: A Conversation with Photographer Aubrey Wade
If it happens that you get arrested in Bo, Sierra Leone's bustling second city, chances are you'll wind up at the Central Police Station. If you're lucky, that's where Baindu Koroma will find you.
Case Watch: Pretrial Detention, Pilot Judgments and the European Court of Human Rights
Amid emotional, politicized attacks on the European Court of Human Rights, a recent ruling on pretrial detention that covers 250 Russian cases provides an eloquent witness for the defense.
Northern Europe’s Complicity in Greece’s Migrant Crisis
The member states of the European Union needs to respond to the inhumane conditions facing migrants in Greece by taking responsibility for people, rather than just shifting money around.