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.

January 26, 2012 | James A. Goldston

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.

January 24, 2012 | Rebekah Delsol

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.

January 23, 2012 | Simon Cox

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.

January 19, 2012 | Marion Isobel

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.

January 12, 2012 | Sebastian Kohn

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.

December 20, 2011 | Julia Harrington Reddy

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.

December 19, 2011 | Bronwen Manby

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.

December 16, 2011 | Jonathan Birchall

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.

December 14, 2011 | Rachel Neild

Pretrial Detention and Corruption: Justice for Sale

Corruption is never good. But corruption in pretrial detention is especially insidious.

December 14, 2011 | Martin Schoenteich

Jean-Claude Duvalier

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.

Last update: December 14, 2011

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.

December 09, 2011 | Amrit Singh

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.

December 09, 2011 | Chris Baugh

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.

December 08, 2011 | James A. Goldston & Emma Bonino

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.

December 05, 2011 | Robert Varenik
Briefing Paper

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.

December 2011
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Briefing Paper

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.

December 2011
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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.

November 29, 2011 | Taegin Reisman

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

November 28, 2011 | Marion Isobel

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...

November 23, 2011 | Tracey Gurd
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