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  • March 12, 2014

    Humanitarians are Failing Women in Need of a Safe Home

    Major international investments in justice in conflict-affected countries fail displaced women needing a safe home, shows a new report by NRC. Despite more than US$4 billion invested in justice in conflict-affected and developing countries in one year alone, displaced women are still denied their housing, land and property rights during and after conflict, according to an NRC report launched today. The report shows that returnee women in Afghanistan are evicted from family homes after divorce. In Gaza they miss out on shelter when it is allocated to male heads of households. And in South Sudan returning widows are denied inherited land by customary authorities.

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  • March 12, 2014

    War Crimes Prosecution Watch: Volume 8 - Issue 25

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  • March 11, 2014

    WJP BLOG: WJP Releases New Index and Interactive Data

    March 6, 2014

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  • March 10, 2014

    International Justice Monitor: A New Resource for Tracking Mass Atrocity Trials

    Justice, it is often said, needs not just to be done, but to be seen to be done. That is true for common street crime, and no less so for efforts to hold accountable those responsible for the most serious crimes—genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. How can the daily march of criminal process be brought home to the communities where the crimes happened, as well as to interested actors around the world?

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  • March 7, 2014

    WORLD BANK BLOG: Thinking Through Unorthodox Ideas for Governance Change in Difficult Contexts

    Despite the often slow and uneven progress of efforts to improve governance and security, these efforts have gained significant momentum in the 21st century, writes Tina George Karippacheril for the World Bank’s Governance for Development blog. This, she says, is due in large part to technology-based approaches to building capacity. Drawing on Blair Glencourse of Accountability Lab’s experience using technology to improve governance, she highlights five technology-enabled “success stories” in governance reform.

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  • March 6, 2014

    Africa, Innovation and Access To Law

    A few years ago, I decided to buy a plot of land in my father's homeland of Angola. I split my time between Europe and Africa and it had always been a dream of mine to have even a small part of this wonderful country to call my own. I filed the necessary paperwork and went through all of the administrative and legal procedures to obtain the land and the ownership rights. I soon discovered, however, that the land did not belong to me unless I performed the traditional rites to assign ownership. These ceremonial rites included offering food and wine to the ancestors and other traditions that were not familiar to me. I weighed my options and ultimately decided to take part. It was a fascinating experience that left me with more questions than answers, such as why were there two very different processes required to obtain land and, which one should take precedent? That is why my African Innovation Foundation (AIF) initiated the African Law Library (ALL). The ALL is an online legal database that is free to all Africans. The ALL offers access to the different legal texts and secondary literature on African law and governance and provides a source of reference of various legal systems and judgments.

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  • March 6, 2014

    IN BRIEF: Rule of Law News from Around the World

    Bangladesh: The International Center for Transitional Justice called for monitoring of the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh, citing concerns over unfairness in the pre-trial and trial stages.

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  • March 6, 2014

    Discrimination by Law Carries a High Price

    Growing up in Iowa, I was often judged solely on appearance. In stores, strangers would make karate-chop gestures at me, inspired by the popular TV series “Kung Fu.” When I played quarterback for my high school team, opponents were not above slamming me to the dirt and then piling on racial slurs.

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  • March 4, 2014

    Amid Conflict and Crisis, What Future for the South Sudan’s Permanent Constitution Project?

    On December 16, 2013, long standing political animosity between South Sudan’s Dinka President Salvar Kirr and his erstwhile Nuer deputy Riek Machar erupted into violent conflict that quickly took an ethnic dimension, as loyalist Dinka forces fought rebel Nuer forces seeking to oust President Kiir. Following a month of fighting and concerted international mediation, a fragile ceasefire agreement was signed between the parties on January 23, 2014 and peace talks are now underway. In the climate of mutual mistrust betwen the parties and a volatile political environment, mediators have warned of the challenges of implementing any resulting agreement. In addition, there is a potential threat to the rule of law and constitutional governance. The country has been governed on the basis of a Transitional Constitution (TC) which is not time bound, since gaining independence from the North in July 2011. Apparently, the absence of a time restriction on the validity of this interim document has weakened any sense of urgency in writing the permanent Constitution. The Kiir regime is even accused in some quarters of deliberately taking advantage of this situation to advance its own political ambitions to remain in power. What does the current conflict and political volatility mean for the constitution building process? How can the parties balance the need for constitution building, which must necessarily interact with the process of peacebuilding to find a long term solution to South Sudan’s transition crisis?  

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  • March 3, 2014

    Myanmar: Making Rule of Law a Reality

    Everybody talks about the rule of law but they don’t talk about how to support the judicial system to provide the rule of law,” a senior member of Myanmar’s judiciary told the International Commission of Jurists during a meeting in the capital Naypyitaw recently.

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