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Changing Places: A Former Prosecutor on the Grand Jury

February 25, 2015 | by James Goldston

After serving on a Grand Jury in Brooklyn, New York, a former federal prosecutor reflects on the experience, and sees a need for reform.

Case Watch: European Judges Skirt Nationality Question in Latvian Case

February 6, 2015 | by Amy Strand
A member of Latvia's pro-Russian community fails to persuade the ECHR that denial of citizenship violates his rights to freedom of expression and assembly.

Case Watch: ECHR and UK Find a Compromise on “Whole Life” Sentences

February 4, 2015 | by Marion Isobel

An ECHR ruling on “whole life sentences” shows how a heated confrontation with the UK has been resolved through constructive judicial dialogue.

Litigation

UN Human Rights Committee
Status: Active

A survivor of the May 2005 massacre in Andijan, Uzbekistan, accuses the Uzbek authorities of subjecting him to torture and illegal detention in 2003 and 2004.

European Court of Human Rights
Status: Closed

The ECHR ruled in favor of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, finding that Poland had allowed his illegal rendition, detention and torture at a secret prision run by the CIA.