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  • April 17, 2014

    IN BRIEF: Rule of Law News from Around the World

    Africa: Missing in Action: where is the African Peace and Security Architecture?

    CAR: UN approves a peacekeeping mission of 12,000 forces, launching September 15,...

  • April 16, 2014

    Europe's Rule of Law in Worst Crisis Since Cold War, Says Council Chief

    The rule of law in Europe is facing its most serious crisis since the end of the cold war, according to the chief executive of Europe's largest human rights body.

    Thorbjørn Jagland, secretary general of the 47-nation Council of Europe, made his assessment before tensions in eastern Ukraine rose over the weekend and before the council's...

  • April 16, 2014

    UN’s Optional Protocol Enables Children to Lodge Complaints about Rights Violations

    The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure will allow children themselves to lodge complaints directly to the UN. The Optional Protocol came into force on April 14, 2014 after Costa Rica provided its ratification.

    The Optional Protocol will now enable children and their representatives to...

  • April 15, 2014

    Women Paying Price of Latin America Drug Wars

    As growing numbers of women languish in Latin American jails on drug-trafficking charges, their role in organized crime is under the spotlight - as is the prison system that incarcerates them, and the patriarchal society that appears to be failing them. 

    Although women still represent the minority of prisoners in these countries, their rates...

  • April 10, 2014

    IN BRIEF: Rule of Law News from Around the World

    Bosnia and Herzegovina: The OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina published a landmark report assessing how war crimes cases involving sexual violence are being heard at the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.


  • April 9, 2014

    From the Sidewalks of Sinaloa: The El-Chapo Story

    The capture of Shorty “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel was big news, and a major victory in the global fight against organized crime. But it hasn’t received universal support, in particular in El Chapo’s home town of Sinaloa.

    In this multi-media special feature, including exclusive footage from Sinaloa itself,...

  • April 8, 2014

    WJP Announces the 2014 World Justice Challenge Grantees

    The World Justice Challenge is an open competition run by the World Justice Project (WJP). It is designed to incubate practical, on-the-ground programs that advance the rule of law. WJP recently announced the winners of the 2014 Challenge, whose innovative programs are profiled...

  • April 8, 2014

    Women and the Judiciary

    Across the world women’s full and equal participation in the judicial profession remains limited in a great number of jurisdictions.

    Global figures indicate that on average women comprise just over 25 percent of the world’s judicial officers, while in many other countries and regions the numbers fall to below 10 percent.

    Even in those...

  • April 7, 2014

    Action Urged on ICC Witness Protection

    The decision by a number of witnesses to pull out of two cases from Kenya currently before the International Criminal Court (ICC) has raised serious questions about the court’s ability to protect those who come to The Hague to testify.
    In the separate cases against Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William...
  • March 26, 2014

    Proposed Arab Court of Human Rights: Rewind the Process and Get it Right

    National and global human rights organizations called upon the Arab League’s member States to suspend efforts to adopt a draft statute of the Arab Court of Human Rights (the Arab Court).

    The organizations are concerned, ahead of the Arab League’s summit, that...