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  • War Crimes Prosecution Watch is a bi-weekly e-newsletter that compiles official documents and articles from major news sources detailing and analyzing salient issues pertaining to the investigation and prosecution of war crimes throughout the world. It is jointly produced by the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the Public International Law & Policy Group. The latest...

  • Security Council Report’s fourth report on the rule of law focuses on the relationship between the Security Council and the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The UN Charter envisioned a symbiotic relationship between the Security Council and the ICJ, the principal judicial organ of the UN. Indeed, one of the tools available to the Council to settle peacefully disputes affecting...

  • In Afghanistan, the actions and narratives of violent extremist groups threaten to roll back many of the gains and hard-won rights of women over the last fifteen years. Women have long been cast in a binary light—as either disempowered victims or deviant anomalies—but in fact are involved in a wide range of activities, from peacebuilding to recruiting, sympathizing, perpetrating, and...

  • This article delves into the ever-evolving field of gender security sector reform (GSSR), in order to uncover its shortcomings and subsequently provide novel to the discipline. It argues that practices within the subfield of gender sensitive police reform (GSPR) display radical alternatives to overcome SSR’s issues, specifically through its focus on ‘gender-mainstreaming’ as a transformative...

  • The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is working with human rights lawyers from Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, who are using UN human rights mechanisms to better secure justice for victims.

    To build the capacity of human rights lawyers from these countries to engage with human rights mechanisms based in Geneva, the ICJ is organizing a series of workshops with...

  • Integrity Watch Afghanistan launched its biennial National Corruption Survey [on December 8]. The report estimated $3b were paid in bribes in the last one year – an almost 50% increase compared to 2014. The amount of bribes estimated is much higher than the Afghan government revenue estimates for 2016. This survey indicates that following insecurity and unemployment, corruption is the third...

  • Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 87 countries. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. To learn more about the competition, click here. To learn more about volunteering as a judge, click here.

  • The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) released a new report on December 8, called "When No One Calls It Rape: Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys." It begins by observing: "Sexual violence against men and boys in times of conflict or repression is alarmingly common— and takes a markedly consistent form across contexts in terms of how it affects victims and societies as a...

  • The International Commission of Jurists recently released its monthly bulletin on proposed and actual changes in counter-terrorism laws, policies and practices, and their impact on human rights at the national, regional and international levels. Find the e-bulletin here.

  • Projects in the extractive industries are often enormous, long-lasting, multi-billion dollar affairs. Given the disruption, potential for environmental disaster, and permanent changes in the state of the land, these projects tend to generate conflict and controversy, especially in low-income countries, where citizens may enjoy fewer legal protections. As a way to mitigate these risks, some...

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