Topic: International Justice


How NGOs, Journalists, and Courtroom Eyewitnesses can Strengthen Reporting on Atrocity Crimes Trials

Trial monitors play an important role in keeping the public informed of events in the courtroom. The Justice Initiative’s Monitoring Atrocity Crimes Trials: A Guide, offers clear guidance on what to monitor and how to convey important information.

May 29, 2020 | Taegin Reisman
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Building Roads to Justice in Syria

The Open Society Justice Initiative is part of a broad movement of Syrian and international groups that are bringing some of those responsible for atrocity crimes in Syria before courts in Europe.

December 17, 2019 | Steve Kostas & Eric Witte
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Excellence, not Politics, should Choose the Judges at the ICC

Nominations and elections of judicial candidates at the International Criminal Court often overlook merit-based considerations in favor of political interests. It's time for reform.

October 28, 2019 | Yassir Al-Khudayri and Christian De Vos
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International Prosecutors Fought Corruption in Guatemala. Now They’ve Been Ordered Out

The United States is acquiescing in the destruction of one of the few institutions that has shown success in targeting the main causes of Guatemala’s dysfunction.

January 10, 2019 | Eric Witte
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How International Justice Can Go Local

Over 30 national and regional initiatives have been launched to prosecute mass atrocity crimes since the early 1990s. A comprehensive new survey looks at the lessons learned.

October 04, 2018 | Eric Witte
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A Better Tool for Ensuring International Justice

The Open Society Justice Initiative is unveiling a new tool for making the work done by the International Criminal Court and other key tribunals more accessible to all.

July 17, 2018 | Taegin Reisman
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Mexico’s Criminal Justice System Is Failing. It’s Time for a New Vision of Reform

Human rights advocates, as well as a diverse collection of artists and policymakers, are calling on the government to seek international support in order to reinvigorate a discredited justice system.

May 03, 2018 | Christian De Vos
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Who Picks the Judges? On International Tribunals, Secrecy Too Often Prevails

A new report looks at the often opaque processes surrounding the selection of judges and commissioners for human rights tribunals in Europe, Africa, and Latin America.

November 03, 2017 | Christian De Vos

A Victory for the Truth about Mexico’s “Dirty War”

A ruling from Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice has given an important boost to those who want a proper accounting for abuses that included forced disappearances.

February 08, 2017 | Mariana Mas Minetti
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Washington Must Act Now, or Risk an ICC Torture Investigation

The International Criminal Court’s findings in Afghanistan underline the need for the United States to prosecute military and CIA personnel responsible for torture.

November 15, 2016 | James A. Goldston

Confronting Crimes against Humanity in Mexico

Mexico faces a deep national crisis of atrocity and impunity: extraordinary action is needed to address these crimes, and to strengthen the criminal justice system.

June 07, 2016 | Eric Witte
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Two Steps Forward in the Patient Pursuit of Ill-Gotten Gains

Arrests in Panama and Spain highlight the role civil society can play in fighting the corruption and illicit financial flows now targeted in the new global development goals.

October 06, 2015 | Ken Hurwitz

An ICC Investigation of Possible War Crimes in Palestine Could Benefit All Involved

The White House and Israel both oppose the court taking a role in the region, but the process holds tangible rewards for all parties.

June 25, 2015 | James A. Goldston

A Legal Lifeline for Communities Threatened by Resource Development Projects Grantee Spotlight

Meet the volunteer legal experts ensuring that resource development doesn’t bulldoze people’s lives.

April 29, 2015 | Marena Brinkhurst
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For the First Time, a Woman Judge Heads the International Criminal Court

The election of Judge Silvia Fernandez as the first woman president of the International Criminal Court marks a significant step forward for the proper representation of women in the top ranks of international justice.

March 11, 2015 | Kelly Askin

Beyond the Rios Montt Trial, Guatemala’s Search for Justice Continues

The hurdles facing the prosecution of a former military dictator on genocide charges show the complexities of coming to terms with horrific crimes of the past.

January 12, 2015 | Emi MacLean

Case Watch: A Step Forward in Colombia’s Struggle for Truth

An Inter-American Court decision addresses abuses committed by the military in the aftermath of a bloody siege at Colombia’s main court building in 1985.

December 17, 2014 | Juliana Vengoechea

The UK Debate on Europe’s Human Rights Court: An Update

The outcome of the British debate over the European Court of Human Rights will have an impact on rights in the rest of Europe, and the rest of the world.

December 12, 2014 | Casey Rubinoff

Case Watch: Netherlands Liable over Iraq War Checkpoint Death

A case involving the shooting of an Iraqi civilian has added to a growing jurisprudence on the obligation to investigate human rights abuses in times of armed conflict abroad.

November 30, 2014 | Jonathan Horowitz

Judicial Independence Under Threat in Guatemala

Recent events have shown that Guatemala’s justice system is still subject to powerful political and economic interests.

November 11, 2014 | Emi MacLean
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