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.

March 14, 2012 | Alison Cole

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.

March 12, 2012 | Sebastian Kohn

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.

March 07, 2012 | Alison Cole

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.

March 06, 2012 | Tracey Gurd

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.

March 02, 2012 | Emi MacLean
Briefing Paper

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.

March 2012
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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...

March 01, 2012 | Erica Razook
Fact Sheet

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.

February 2012
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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.

February 27, 2012 | Simon Cox

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.

February 27, 2012 | Ben Batros

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.

February 24, 2012 | Kelly Askin

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.

February 22, 2012 | Marina Ilminska

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.

February 21, 2012 | Costanza Hermanin

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.

February 21, 2012 | Sebastian Kohn

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.

February 17, 2012 | Katalin Dobias

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

February 15, 2012 | Zsolt Bobis

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.

February 13, 2012 | Matthew Windsor

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.

February 08, 2012 | Will Cohen

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.

January 31, 2012 | Matthew Windsor

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.

January 30, 2012 | Simon Cox
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