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International Justice

The Open Society Foundations seek to reduce impunity for serious crimes by helping domestic and international tribunals conduct effective investigations, carry out fair trials, and engage victims and affected communities.

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Law Versus Power: Our Global Fight for Human Rights

Wolfgang Kaleck, a leading German human rights lawyer, shares his insights after more than two decades involved in the global struggle to hold powerful people and governments accountable for abuses.

Briefing Paper
Recent Developments in the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia: January 2019

This brief provides an update on recent decisions and outstanding issues at the Phnom Penh based tribunal that was established with international support to try those responsible for Khmer Rouge atrocity crimes.

International Prosecutors Fought Corruption in Guatemala: Now They’ve Been Ordered Out

The United States is acquiescing in the destruction of one of the few institutions that has shown success in targeting the main causes of Guatemala’s dysfunction.

Briefing Paper
The Election of the Next International Criminal Court Prosecutor

Potential candidates for the role of Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court should be interviewed by a committee of experts, and participate in “town hall” style meetings open to members of the public.

Supporting the Next Generation of Palestinian Human Rights Advocates  

Al-Quds University’s Community Action Center’s Munir Nuseibah explains how a scholarship helped take his career as a human rights advocate to the next level—and inspires his work to help other Palestinians do the same.

How International Justice Can Go Local

Over 30 national and regional initiatives have been launched to prosecute mass atrocity crimes since the early 1990s. A comprehensive new survey looks at the lessons learned.