Topic: International Justice
Justice in Guatemala: New Efforts, Continuing Threats
Almost 20 years after the end of Guatemala’s bitter civil war, victims of human rights atrocities are still waiting for offenders to be brought to justice. Their quest is now at a critical crossroads.
Trying Khmer Rouge Leaders Twice: A Guide for the Perplexed
Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal has begun a second trial on charges including genocide of two aged former Khmer Rouge senior leaders although both have already received life sentences for other crimes against humanity.
After More Than a Decade, the Truth About CIA Torture in Poland
The European Court of Human Rights sent a clear message that abuses perpetrated by the CIA will not be tolerated in modern Europe, and those who perpetrate them will be held accountable.
To Strengthen the ICC, Look to Its Member States
July 17 marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court. Carlos Castresana, the noted Spanish jurist, outlines some ideas for change.
Guatemalan Judge Faces Retaliation over Role in Genocide Trial
Judge Yassmin Barrios presided over the genocide trial of Guatemala's former dictator Efrain Rios Montt. Now she is under attack by his allies.
Katanga Judgment Underlines Need for Stronger ICC Focus on Sexual Violence
The conviction of Germain Katanga for war crimes is a welcome step forward. But when it comes to crimes like rape and sexual slavery, international tribunals like this one have done a poor job.
International Justice Monitor: A New Resource for Tracking Mass Atrocity Trials
A new website builds on seven years of monitoring trials of mass atrocities, in courts from The Hague to Guatemala and Cambodia.
Guatemala Faces Human Rights Complaint over Rios Montt Trial Debacle
Guatemalan civil society groups are challenging the overturning of the Rios Montt verdict, in a petition before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Palestine’s ICC Option and the Politics of Peace
With renewed talks underway between Israel and the Palestinians, the status of a Palestinian approach to the International Criminal Court remains murky.
Charles Taylor’s Fate: Will He Be Back in Liberia?
An international tribunal rules on Thursday on the appeal of Charles Taylor, former Liberian president, against his conviction and 50-year sentence for war crimes.
Justice Doesn’t Come Cheap. Can the ICC Afford It?
With a possible new investigation in Nigeria looming, the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor has made a first ever request for substantial new financial support. Will states pay up?
Troubled Khmer Rouge Investigation Raises New Transparency Concerns
Lawyers representing a suspect under investigation by Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal have been denied access to the case file, in spite of repeated requests.
Case Watch: European Court Rules on Amnesty and Double Jeopardy
If a trial for international crimes is stopped due to an amnesty, would a subsequent retrial violate the double jeopardy principle?
Rios Montt Genocide Trial Confronts Political Push-Back in Guatemala
Guatemala’s current president has joined those warning against a finding of genocide in the trial of former military dictator Efrain Rios Montt.
Beyond Arusha: The Global Effort to Prosecute Rwanda’s Genocide
The prosecution of Rwandan genocide cases in national courts is vital as the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda prepares to conclude its work.
Case Watch: What a Yugoslav War Crimes Acquital Means for Charles Taylor
The conviction of General Momčilo Perišić for aiding and abetting war crimes was overturned by the ICTY, with implications for the appeal of former Liberian president Charles Taylor
Guatemala at the Cross Roads in Search for Justice
With the trial of a former president for genocide and crimes against humanity, Guatemala is following other Latin American countries that have sought justice for historic human rights abuses.
The Power of Women in Advancing the Cause of Gender Justice
The presence of women on international war crimes tribunals and as advocates for gender justice has played a vital role in the gains seen in the two decades in recognizing rape as a war-crime.
ICC Credibility and the Case against Laurent Gbagbo
The opening of hearings in the International Criminal Court's case against Laurent Gbagbo, the former president of Ivory Coast, comes at a critical time for the tribunal.
Why Violence in Africa Presents an Existential Threat
Advocates seeking a more open and democratic society in Africa have mostly failed to grasp the extent of the threat posed by violence.