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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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Financing Atrocity, Forging Accountability: New Strategies for International Justice

Economic crimes and grave violence often occur in tandem. But commercial companies involved in facilitating serious international crimes—or profiting from them—have rarely been held accountable by international courts.

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For a Better Future, Sudan Must Confront Its Past

With Omar al-Bashir no longer in power, the temptation to move beyond his regime’s crimes is understandable. But unless Sudan grapples with its past, it risks trading one corrupt dictatorship for another.

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Universal Jurisdiction Law and Practice in Germany

This briefing paper provides an overview of how German law and legal practice interprets the principles of universal jurisdiction with respect to international atrocity crimes.

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Universal Jurisdiction Law and Practice in France

This briefing paper provides an overview of how French law and practice interprets the principles of universal jurisdiction with respect to international atrocity crimes.

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Q&A: German Court Demands Greater Scrutiny of U.S. Drone Attacks

For years, Germany has cooperated with the United States’ controversial use of drone strikes. A new court ruling may force the government to reassess.

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The Failures and Future of the International Criminal Court  

The International Criminal Court in The Hague is facing fundamental questions about its performance at every level. What might reform might look like?

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Economic crimes and grave violence often occur in tandem. But commercial companies involved in facilitating serious international crimes—or profiting from them—have rarely been held accountable by international courts.