Topic: Criminal Justice
Corruption that Kills: Why Mexico Needs an International Mechanism to Combat Impunity
This report argues Mexico needs an international response to investigate and prosecute atrocity crimes.
Strategic Litigation Impacts: Torture in Custody
This study looks at how activists in Argentina, Kenya, and Turkey have sought to use the courts to secure remedies for torture victims and survivors, bring those responsible to justice, and enforce and strengthen the law.
Naming the Disappeared of Mexico's Dirty War
Mexico's Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Freedom of Information application that sought the release of the names of victims of unsolved cases of enforced disappearance.
Nigeria’s Legal Aid Lawyers Win Police Recognition
A legal aid scheme that targets Nigeria’s excessive use of pretrial detention is primed to expand across the country.
Case Watch: European Rights Court Lags on Access to Legal Counsel for Criminal Suspects
A ruling from Europe's human rights court failed to reinforce a growing consensus on the right of suspects in police custody to be guaranteed early access to legal counsel.
How Mexican Human Rights Lawyers Found a New Route to Accountability
Mexican federal prosecutors must apologize to three indigenous women who were maliciously prosecuted and jailed—in a case that charts a new route to accountability.
Recent Developments at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia: November 2016
The ECCC's Supreme Court affirmed life sentences given to the two senior surviving Khmer Rouge leaders, but severely criticized the handling of their trial.
A Victory in France in the Struggle against Racial Bias in Policing
A ruling from France’s top civil court affirmed that the police are subject to antidiscrimination laws, and set the stage for a change in policing practices.
The European Union Embraces a Common Approach to Legal Aid
A new directive establishes minimum standards on legal aid, and caps a successful effort to standardize criminal justice procedures across member states.
Case Watch: Justice Sotomayor Highlights Impact of Biased Policing
A Supreme Court justice’s arguments make for powerful reading, given the troubled state of relations between the police and African American communities across the country.
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.
Undeniable Atrocities: Confronting Crimes against Humanity in Mexico
This report argues there is a “reasonable basis” to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed against civilians in Mexico over the past decade.
What is the difference between “ordinary” crimes and crimes against humanity? When lawyers talk about international law, what does that mean?
New Guidelines Seek to Humanize Africa’s Justice Systems
A push to reform pretrial detention standards in Africa could change not only policies and practices, but attitudes as well.
Raising the Profile of Pretrial Detention in Africa
Many of the continent’s prison systems are in a state of crisis, burdened with overcrowding and an inability or unwillingness to protect the human rights of prisoners.
Against the Odds: CICIG in Guatemala
The UN-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala offers a potentially powerful example of how to reinforce the rule of law in states beset by corruption and violence.
Case Watch: UN Rights Body Challenges Police Brutality in Kyrgyzstan
A case of brutality brought to the UN Human Rights Committee supports wider efforts to end torture and abuse by police in Kyrgyzstan.
Fair and Effective Police Stops
This report provides a roadmap for combating ethnic profiling in police work, drawing on reform efforts by five police departments in Spain.
Strengthening Pretrial Justice: A Guide to the Effective Use of Indicators
This guide proposes a methodical approach toward developing and deploying empirically based indicators to identify exemplary and problematic pretrial practices.
In Mexico, Many Deaths in Custody but Few Investigations
In Mexico, the problem of deaths in custody―and the failure to investigate them―is particularly acute.