Topic: International Justice
Three Principles to Strengthen the Rule of Law
World leaders have an opportunity at the United Nations this year to declare that the application of law should be free of the taint of political interest.
London’s Police Rethinks Stop and Search Tactics
Black people in the United Kingdom are now 30 times more likely to be stopped than white people under exceptional stop and search powers granted by a 1994 law.
Case Watch: Greek Migrant Male Rape Counts as Torture
The European Court of Human Rights has concluded that the Greek courts failed to acknowlege the gravity of a brutal 2001 sexual assault on an undocumented migrant.
Case Watch: European Court Rules on Prison for Life
In two important rulings, the European Court of Human Rights has concluded that mandatory life jail sentences without the possibility of parole do not constitute a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Israel’s Supreme Court Condones Discriminatory Citizenship Law
In a setback for equal rights, the Israeli Supreme Court rejected a series of petitions challenging a law that, among other things, makes it impossible for Palestinians to acquire Israeli citizenship through marriage.
Ending Slavery in Mauritania Needs Deeper Engagement
Mauritania has carried out the first prosecutions under its 2007 anti-slavery law. But more needs to be done to manage the unintended consequences of criminalizing a deeply entrenched social phenomemon.
Citizenship and State Succession in the Sudans
In July the Republic of South Sudan became Africa's newest independent state. The Sudanese government refuses to consider the hundreds of thousands of "southerners" who reside in the North as citizens.
Seven Years on, a Son Seeks Answers for a Slain Father
Seven years after the killing of his father, who was a leading Gambian editor, Deyda Hydara Jr. spoke in a BBC Africa radio interview about what happened, and why he is taking his father's case to West Africa's regional court.
New Report Tells Spain to "Stop Racism, Not People"
A new report exposes the prevalence of racial profiling in Spain, painting a powerful portrait of the indignities suffered by those who do not "look Spanish" and of the official policies that encourage rather than curtail ethnic profiling.
Pretrial Detention and Corruption: Justice for Sale
Corruption is never good. But corruption in pretrial detention is especially insidious.
Jean-Claude Duvalier’s 15-year rule in Haiti was characterized by widespread violations of human rights. This brief outlined the argument for prosecuting Duvalier for international crimes.
Romania: Time for Truth on CIA Black Sites
Reporters have revealed the precise location of a secret site in Romania used by the CIA to hold and interrogate terrorism suspects from 2003 to 2006—a site Romania's government continues to claim no knowledge of.
Why Police Stops are not Making England Safer
Police in England continue to argue that "stop and search" tactics are essential in the battle against knife crime. But the numbers are not convincing.
160,000 Cases and Counting: Time for Reform at the European Court
The European Court of Human Rights is collapsing under the weight of its own success. A new push to address its caseload, and other problems, may determine whether the world's premier human rights tribunal lives or dies.
Rethinking Justice in Mexico: The Case of Morelos
In a country riven by violence, the Mexican state of Morelos is testing a new approach to criminal justice.
Challenges Facing the International Criminal Court: Recommendations to the Assembly of States Parties
The Open Society Justice Initiative has called on member states of the International Criminal Court to actively support efforts to bolster national justice systems' ability to prosecute international crimes.
Intermediaries and the International Criminal Court: A Role for the Assembly of States Parties
The Open Society Justice Initiative has outlined the importance of developing coherent guidelines on the use of intermediaries in International Criminal Court investigations.
Phnom Penh Notes: Khmer Rouge Leaders on Trial
For three days, Cambodians confronted their dark past. Survivors, family members of victims, and others traveled to witness the opening statements in the trial of three of the four top survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime.
From Bulgarian to Swedish: European Arrest Rights Translated
New European regulations should ensure that anyone arrested in the European Union has access to a "letter of rights" detailing their rights in all 23 official EU languages
Julek's Story: Still Waiting for an End to Czech Roma Segregation
Julek was one of 18 children who took the Czech government to the European Court of Human Rights in 1999, challenging the practice of placing disproportionate numbers of Romani children into segregated schools. Twelve years and a landmark legal...