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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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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?

How Weaponizing Citizenship Hurts the Justice System

No one should have their citizenship revoked as a form of punishment. It’s wrong—and it undermines the rule of law.

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.