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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.

The UK Debate on Europe’s Human Rights Court: An Update

The outcome of the British debate over the European Court of Human Rights will have an impact on rights in the rest of Europe, and the rest of the world.

Court Clears the Way for Greater Press Freedom in Africa

In a judgment that could have ramifications throughout the continent, an African international court has ruled that journalists should be protected from imprisonment for criminal defamation.

Briefing Paper
Statement to the 13th Session of the Assembly of States Parties New York, December 2014

In a statement to the body that controls the International Criminal Court, the Open Society Justice Initiative has urged the creation of performance indicators for international justice.

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.

Briefing Paper
The Trial of Thomas Lubanga at the International Criminal Court: The Appeal Judgment

This briefing paper sets the stage for the ICC’s judgment on December 1, 2014, on the appeal of Thomas Lubanga, summarizing the main issues at stake.