Topic: International Justice


All Change at the ICC: Time to Focus on Merit, Not Connections

Over the next several months, the International Criminal Court will undergo its most significant leadership transition since coming into existence. It presents a major challenge and a significant opportunity.

September 19, 2011 | James A. Goldston

The Return: Dilemmas for Congolese Refugees in Rwanda

Tens of thousands of Congolese refugees are poised to return to their home country after more than a decade of exile in neighboring Rwanda. They face a cold welcome.

September 09, 2011 | Lucy Hovil

Equatorial Guinea’s Obiang Prepares for New UNESCO Prize Bid

There are signs that Equatorial Guinea is laying the groundwork for a new bid to persuade UNESCO’s board that, after 32 years of dictatorial and repressive rule, President Teodoro Obiang is a man worth honoring.

September 07, 2011 | Ken Hurwitz

Qaddafi: No Asylum Across Libya's Southern Border

Burkina Faso and Niger have both signed the Rome Treaty setting up the International Criminal Court, which should rule them out as potential havens for Muammar Qaddafi, the deposed Libyan leader.

September 07, 2011 | Alison Cole

Stateless in the Dominican Republic: One Family's Story

When two-month-old Rosleidi fell ill, her mother, Roxana, counted on the family's health insurance to provide her daughter with the care she needed. Were it only so simple.

August 31, 2011 | Indira Goris

Qaddafi's Arrest Warrant: To Seal or Not to Seal

Muammar Qaddafi's recent offer to talk has raised the question of whether the transition to peace is helped or hampered by a public International Criminal Court arrest warrant. Would keeping indictments confidential facilitate justice?

August 30, 2011 | Alison Cole

Why the Convention on Statelessness Matters

The Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, which is marking its 50th anniversary, remains the best international tool we have to help the more than 12 million people around the world who have no nationality anywhere.

August 30, 2011 | Sebastian Kohn

Libya: Local Justice, International Crimes and the ICC

International law requires Libya's National Transitional Council to implement the arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court, and to hand any suspects it holds over to The Hague.

August 22, 2011 | Alison Cole

The ICC's First Trial: Milestones Mixed with Near-Disasters

After some six years of proceedings, the International Criminal Court trial of Thomas Lubanga is entering its final phase. The case has been marked by both milestones and near-disasters for international justice.

August 18, 2011 | Alison Cole

Case Watch: Ensuring that Justice is Not a Charade

Sometimes a court conviction can be part of a cover-up, as demonstrated by two recent rulings by the European Court of Human Rights that involve police abuses in Turkey and Georgia.

August 17, 2011 | Ben Batros

Case Watch: Are Journalists Entitled to Honest Mistakes?

The European Court of Human Rights overturns two separate defamation findings against journalists in Malta and Ukraine in rulings that reinforce media freedom.

August 17, 2011 | Merit Ulvik

Italian Supreme Court: Amor Vincit Omnia in Migrant Rights Case

Italy's Supreme Court has ruled that the right to marriage cannot be curtailed by the country's efforts to control undocumented migration.

August 02, 2011 | Costanza Hermanin

U.S. Cannot Close Door on Legacy of Torture So Easily

The U.S. has said it will investigate only two out of almost 100 cases of alleged mistreatment of terrorism suspects by the CIA. But international investigations and legal action into the abuses mean the questions will not go away.

August 01, 2011 | James A. Goldston

Article 19: UN Reinforces Right to Freedom of Expression and Information

After two years of consultations on the right of free of expression, the UN Human Rights Committee has strengthened protections for new media, and says blasphemy laws should not be used to restrict legitimate free expression.

July 28, 2011 | Sandy Coliver

Case Watch: Court Sees Rights Breach in Greek Migrant Detention

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled against Greece for holding migrants in jails designed for short-term stays, highlighting the challenge facing the European Union as a whole in addressing migration pressures.

July 26, 2011 | Sarah Montgomery

Case Watch: Enforcing Human Rights Across Borders

Two landmark cases recently confirmed that the UK's human rights obligations apply to its military conduct in Iraq, finding that Britain's treatment of Iraqi civilians violated provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights. The rulings are...

July 25, 2011 | Tashmin Ali

International Justice Day: Monitoring the Process

To mark World Day for International Criminal Justice, here's a quick look at the work that the Open Society Justice Initiative is doing to monitor the proceedings of the International Criminal Court and the special tribunals set up for Sierra...

July 15, 2011 | Taegin Reisman

Case Watch: Battling Statelessness in Slovenia

Twenty years after the break-up of the Yugoslav federation, the European Court of Human Rights is focusing on the plight of 25,000 people who were erased from Slovenia's registry of residents after the republic declared its independence.

July 12, 2011 | Denise Bell

Hungary at Odds with Europe over Arrest Rights

New legislation allows for suspects in serious crimes to be held by police for up to 48 hours without access to defense counsel, and for up to 5 days without court review.

July 11, 2011 | Zaza Namoradze

Moldova’s Gay Rights Stance Undermines Its EU Aspirations

Moldova voted against the recent UN resolution supporting LGBT rights, an action that undercuts its aspirations to move towards closer relations and possible membership of the European Union.

June 29, 2011 | Adam Bodnar
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