In Focus


Invoking the principle of universal jurisdiction opens the door to the possibility of some accountability in circumstances where justice is not possible in countries where the crimes took place. This study considers the challenges facing the exercise of universal jurisdiction and assesses to what extent it remains a viable option for victims seeking justice for international crimes. While resort to universal jurisdiction is on the rise, it still faces considerable obstacles, particularly of a political nature.

Date published: 
Thu, 12/03/2020 - 15:30
9/12/2020 - 9/12/2020

In very fragile and conflict-affected countries, state and society often struggle to address the injustices experienced by victims of mass violence and human rights abuses. In such contexts, how can meaningful justice be provided to victims? The ICTJ and Cordaid invite you to join a multisectoral discussion of a forthcoming report focusing on policy-relevant insights and recommendations of relevance in the Central African Republic and globally, especially in relation to progress toward SDG16+.


Mexico is overwhelmed by criminal violence and human rights violations in ways that ordinary rule of law mechanisms cannot address. While not undergoing a political transition, Mexico could benefit from transitional justice experiences when designing policies for pursuing accountability and preventing future abuses. Doing so, however, requires careful adaptation to the country’s particular conditions. This policy brief explores opportunities for applying lessons from transitional justice in Mexico.

Date published: 
Tue, 11/24/2020 - 13:01


Bogotá, November 20, 2020—ICTJ and the Movement of Latin American Hip Hop Expressions have joined forces to cohost the third International Hip Hop Encounter, which will take place virtually this week from November 25 to November 28. The four-day online event will bring together artists and musicians from across Latin America and Africa along with activists, social leaders, and civil society representatives. The festival’s theme is the role of hip hop music and culture in uncovering truth, preserving memory, and resisting violence and oppression.

Head of Office, Uganda


Over the last 15 years, the Ugandan government has implemented a series of recovery and reconstruction programs in Northern Uganda to address the social and economic devastation caused by the two-decade armed conflict in the region and set it on the path to sustainable peace. While these development programs alone cannot fulfill the state’s obligation to provide reparations to victims of human rights violations, if designed well, they can form a foundation upon which future reparations initiatives can be built.

Communications Officer, Colombia


The purpose of Resolution 1325 is to highlight the particular way in which women and girls suffer in situations of conflict, as well as the critical role they play in peacebuilding. To commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the resolution, ICTJ would like celebrate the life and work of one its own women peacebuilders: María Camila Moreno Múnera, head of ICTJ’s Colombia office. She exemplifies what a woman leader can achieve in advancing truth, justice, reparation, and peace.