Criminal Justice

A Year in Review

We are pleased to present an interactive look back on ICTJ’s work in 2018—its challenges and triumphs—as we prepare for a promising and more just year ahead.


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Las cosas extraordinarias, como los eclipses, ocurren muy de vez en cuando y son el resultado de la confluencia de muchos cuerpos cósmicos, elementos y fuerzas distintas en un momento y un lugar determinados. Así ocurrió en el juicio por genocidio en Guatemala: fue necesario que se alinearan la valentía y la resistencia de los sobrevivientes, la fidelidad de sus abogados y los defensores de derechos humanos, y el compromiso de ciertos fiscales y jueces para culminar en una sentencia que a día de hoy sigue siendo única en el mundo.

Extraordinary things, like an eclipse, happen only very rarely and are the result of the confluence of many different cosmic bodies, elements, and forces in a particular place and time. This is what happened in Guatemala’s genocide trial: the courage and resistance of the survivors, the loyalty of their lawyers and of human rights defenders, and the commitment of certain prosecutors and judges all had to align to secure a ruling that remains unique in the world.

What do we mean by justice in these circumstances? How do we balance the interests of justice and dignity with the pursuit of peace and stability? What can be done to restore the basic values of trust and respect in a system shattered by atrocities perpetrated on an enormous scale? How does a society recover?

How do national courts and the International Criminal Court work together to fight impunity? And how has this relationship played out in real-life cases in The Hague and beyond? Our new Handbook on Complementarity, written by ICTJ Vice President Paul Seils, answers these questions and more. Explore the role the ICC and national courts have played in places like Libya, the DRC and Colombia.


Luego de la desaparición de 43 estudiantes en 2014, Ayotzinapa se ha convertido en un símbolo internacional de la lucha contra la impunidad. Conversamos con Carlos Martín Beristain, uno de los cinco expertos que conforman el Grupo Interdisciplinario de Expertos Independientes (GIEI), sobre las conclusiones del informe Ayotzinapa y la posibilidad de usar herramientas de justicia transicional para enfrentar el grave fenómeno de las desapariciones forzadas en México.


After 33 years in the relentless pursuit of truth and accountability the family of anti-apartheid activist Nokuthula Simelane will finally see justice done. On 8 February 2016, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) announced that it will charge four former apartheid security policemen with her murder and kidnapping.