Topic: International Justice


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 04, 2018 | Christian De Vos
A person standing in an open gallery space

Barack Obama's Visit to Africa and the International Criminal Court Prosecution of Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan

Amid much controversy over the International Criminal Court's arrest warrant for Sudan president Omar Al-Bashir, the United States can play a leading role in clarifying the situation.

July 07, 2009 | James A. Goldston

A Khmer Rouge Tribunal: Now or Never

OSI executive director James Goldston urges the United Nations to push forward with the creation of an international court to address crimes against humanity during Khmer Rouge-era Cambodia.

April 03, 2005 | James A. Goldston

Denied a Shot at a Good Education

Europe's top human-rights watchdog issued an urgent rebuke to the Czech Republic last week: Stop the continued racial segregation of Roma children in schools, which damns them to "a future as second-class citizens."

March 10, 2011 | James A. Goldston

Genocide in All But Name, for the “Crime” of Being Gay

Seven countries still apply the death penalty against homosexuals. Another 75 criminalize same-sex relations. It’s time to do something about these state-sanctioned acts of hate and destruction.

March 04, 2011 | Sebastian Kohn

New Surprises Bedevil the Charles Taylor Trial

First a lawyer in the dock. Now a missing judge. The strange gets stranger at the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

March 02, 2011 | Alpha Sesay

Out in the Cold: Vetting for Nationality in Kenya

In Kenya, secret government edicts ensure that millions face discrimination when they try to secure access to nationality and basic rights. But a new case before the High Court in Mombasa is chipping away at the practice.

March 01, 2011 | Sebastian Kohn

Fizi Diary: “This Is a Once in a Lifetime”

In far eastern Congo, where sex crimes are rampant, an innovative experiment is underway. The goal: to end the impunity and bring a measure of justice for victims.

February 16, 2011 | Galya Ruffer

Giving Mexico the Criminal Justice System It Deserves

Mexico is struggling to leave behind an outdated and ineffective criminal justice system. One state, Morelos, has taken an unprecedented step.

February 10, 2011 | Denise Tomasini-Joshi

Case Watch: Australia's Complicity in Torture—No More Excuses

In an age where any inquiry by a government into its complicity in rendition and torture is rare, a small step from Australia is welcome. But we should not confuse it with proper accountability.

January 26, 2011 | Ben Batros

The Log in America's Eye

Many observers wonder at the apparent disconnect between American support for justice abroad and President Obama's determination to "look forward not backward" at home.

December 21, 2010 | James A. Goldston

ICC Must Consider the Security of War Victims

The International Criminal Court's resources must be improved to focus more on winning back the trust of victims, particularly in Africa, through better outreach and effective protection.

September 07, 2009 | Chidi Odinkalu

Amidst UNESCO Scandal, President Obiang Gives Schools Notebooks in His Image

In the last several months, the UNESCO-Obiang Prize in Life Sciences has generated more controversy than the organization has seen in decades. Facing a global outcry, the president of Equatorial Guinea has tried to fire back with some good old-...

October 14, 2010 | Ken Hurwitz
Man holding school notebook with a picture of President Teodoro Obiang on cover

Charles Taylor: The View from Sierra Leone

As the glamor and intrigue continue in the war-crimes trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor—with a Hollywood actress and a supermodel's former agent testifying in The Hague about blood diamonds—the view from Sierra Leone looks...

August 09, 2010 | Tracey Gurd

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.

March 07, 2013 | Kelly Askin

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

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.

December 01, 2014 | Jonathan Horowitz

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.

October 17, 2014 | Heather Ryan

Lubanga: A Landmark Decision for International Justice

The International Criminal Court issued its first judgment today—a milestone in the path towards accountability.

March 14, 2012 | Alison Cole

Litany of Failure: Pressure Mounts for Education Reform in Czech Republic

Two fresh studies have again criticized the Czech Republic's failure to stop channeling Romani children into dead-end "practical" schools—which leaves them under-educated and unqualified for a job—at a rate which dwarfs their non-Romani classmates.

March 06, 2012 | Tracey Gurd
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