Briefing Paper

4/21/2011

Efforts underway to address the 2008 Kenyan post-election crisis and the conditions that caused it have provided the country with a unique opportunity to address its long history of human rights violations.

Date published: 
Fri, 01/01/2010 - 14:50

4/21/2011

Kenya plunged into a dark episode of violence following the controversial presidential election of 2007. The International Criminal Court’s (ICC) recently announced its investigation into issues of complementarity, peace, justice, victims, and affected communities in the country.

Date published: 
Tue, 06/01/2010 - 14:43

4/21/2011

The establishment of temporary international criminal tribunals has given rise to complex legal, technical, and political questions regarding their post-closure residual functions.

Date published: 
Mon, 02/01/2010 - 14:29

4/21/2011

Years have lapsed since the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in March 2002, but the DRC government has yet to meet its legal obligation to incorporate the statute into national law. Adopting such legislation is essential to ensure complementarity between domestic Congolese courts and the ICC and to strengthen the country’s legal system so it can end the ongoing cycle of impunity for the most egregious international crimes.

Date published: 
Fri, 01/01/2010 - 13:45

4/21/2011

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC or Congo) presents a critical test for the International Criminal Court (ICC). All of the accused in current ICC trials are from DRC. The Court plays a vital role in DRC regarding complementarity, peace, justice, victims, and affected communities.

Date published: 
Fri, 01/01/2010 - 13:40

4/21/2011

In Colombia, international crimes can be tried under the ordinary national jurisdiction as well as a limited number of cases under the Justice and Peace Law of 2005 (JPL). Neither jurisdiction has served to highlight the widespread or systematic nature of state-sponsored violence.

Date published: 
Fri, 01/01/2010 - 13:37

4/20/2011

Despite their shared settings, transitional justice and development rarely connect with one another. Increasing the awareness of the potential contributions that each process can make to the other, the opportunities for mutual support, cooperation, and learning, and the trade-offs that may be required, can make for a more coherent policy response to the interrelated needs of transitional and developing societies. Ultimately, lasting peace and sustainable societies cannot be built in the aftermath of massive abuses without transitional justice, nor without development.

Date published: 
Tue, 09/01/2009 - 14:44

4/13/2011

President Obama’s long-awaited plan to increase the number of US troops in Afghanistan is meant to include a number of benchmarks aimed at stabilizing Afghanistan as part of an overall strategy to defeat or contain Taliban/al-Qaeda extremists.

Date published: 
Fri, 01/01/2010 - 14:55

4/13/2011

The importance of an independent, representative, and competent truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) to guarantee the rights of victims to truth, justice, and reparations should not be underestimated. Key recommendations in this regard are included in this briefing.

Date published: 
Tue, 03/01/2011 - 14:35

4/13/2011

Building a constitutional state and pursuing social change is best approached by looking at prior successes. Here is a comparison between the Kenyan and South African constitutions and an outline of how constitutional litigation unfolded in South Africa.

Date published: 
Tue, 02/01/2011 - 14:05

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