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International Justice

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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Briefing Paper
Establishing Performance Indicators for the International Criminal Court

This paper argues that any indicators developed by the ICC to assess its effectiveness should include operational indicators, Rome Statute system indicators, and impact indicators.

Briefing Paper
Civil Society Perspectives on Fact-finding and the International Criminal Court

This paper sets out the findings from a consultation with civil society groups around the world on the role of NGOs in the work of the ICC.

Drugs and the Death Penalty

This report explores how the laws that subject drug offenders to capital punishment are inextricably linked to the international war on drugs.

Why Europe Must Own Up to Its Participation in CIA Torture

Nearly a year after a U.S. Senate report exposed CIA torture activities, the European countries that were complicit in the program still haven’t been held accountable.

Briefing Paper
The Trial of Bosco Ntaganda at the ICC

A summary of the main issues in the trial of Bosco Ntaganda before the International Criminal Court for with war crimes and crimes against humanity.

An ICC Investigation of Possible War Crimes in Palestine Could Benefit All Involved

The White House and Israel both oppose the court taking a role in the region, but the process holds tangible rewards for all parties.