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Advanced Training on The Prosecution of International Crimes:Thematic focus on sexual violence crimes

Dear Prosecutors and other Legal Professionals:

Below you will find information about an Advanced Training on the Prosecution of International Crimes with a focus on addressing conflict-related sexual violence, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 28 July - 3 August, 2016.  

The problem

Violations of International Criminal Law are committed on an unprecedented level, while transnational crime is also increasing in Africa and around the world. More and more,…

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Added by Jesica L Santos on June 3, 2016 at 3:17pm — No Comments

The EU and Transitional Justice: New Policy Adopted

On 16 November 2015, the Foreign Affairs Council adopted the Council Conclusions on the EU’s support to transitional justice along with the Joint Staff Working Document: "The EU’s Framework on support to transitional justice". The full document is available at: http://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-13576-2015-INIT/en/pdf ;

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Added by Jesica L Santos on November 17, 2015 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Presidential Election: Crying (Tears of Hope) for you, Argentina

[This article was first published in the World Section of the Huffington Post on 21 October 2015.]

By Jesica L. Santos*

22 October 2015

On 25 October, Argentinians will go the polls to elect their next democratic president who, for the first time since 2003, won't have "Kirchner" as a last name. But the choice Argentinians will really be making concerns not an individual but, rather, the type of country they want to recover.

The current populist government has…

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Added by Jesica L Santos on October 22, 2015 at 10:22am — 1 Comment

Welcoming a Hybrid Attempt at Justice for the Central African Republic

Originally published in The Huffington Post World Section on 15 July 2015, see: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jesica-l-santos/welcoming-a-hybrid-attemp_b_7794052.html

On 22 April 2015, the Transitional Council in the Central African Republic (CAR) adopted a…

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Added by Jesica L Santos on September 23, 2015 at 5:03pm — No Comments

A Step Back for South Africa on the Rule of Law, Courtesy of Al-Bashir

Published originally in the World Post Section of the Huffington Post on 19 June 2015:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jesica-l-santos/a-step-back-for-south-afr_b_7614908.html

This past week the South African government showed utter disregard for its international legal obligations and rule of law when it reportedly assisted the escape from its territory of Sudanese President Omar…

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Added by Jesica L Santos on June 25, 2015 at 2:04pm — 1 Comment

Israel-Gaza Conflict: Here We Are Again

To begin, I want to make my view clear that the attacks by both Israel and Hamas must be strongly condemned. Both sides have been displaying utter disregard for the right to life and a clear lack of interest in holding those responsible (including senior political and military leaders) accountable for grave human rights violations and violations of international law. This lack of accountability may have been a key factor in the resumption of hostilities and in the loss of hope for a peaceful…

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Added by Jesica L Santos on July 31, 2014 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

An Agreement That Never Should Have Happened Is Declared Unconstitutional

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jesica-l-santos/

This past week, an Argentinian Federal Court declared null the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that …

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Added by Jesica L Santos on May 21, 2014 at 7:14pm — No Comments

Argentinian-Iranian Truth Commission for 1994 Terrorist Attack Striked Down

Finally some good judgment. 

This past week an Argentinian Federal Court declared nulled the Memorandum of Understanding that Argentina and Iran had signed in January 2013 to jointly seek the truth regarding the bombing that killed 85 and injured over 300 in Buenos Aires in 1994. The terrorist attack was against the Argentinian Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) Jewish Center.

The main argument is that the agreement signed by the Executive is unconstitutional and…

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Added by Jesica L Santos on May 17, 2014 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Memory and Justice: Confronting Past Atrocity and Human Rights Abuse

http://www.issuelab.org/click/download1/memory_and_justice_confronting_past_atrocity_and_human_rights_abuse

of the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) as a consultancy report for the Ford Foundation’s Andean Region and
The authors acknowledge the indispensable editorial contributions,research assistance, and logistical support of…
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Added by Jesica L Santos on May 7, 2014 at 10:26pm — No Comments

From Amnesties Toward Peace and Reconciliation: Cambodia, Chile, and Mozambique

The goal of this inquiry is to analyze whether or not there can be peace and reconciliation in cases where conflict and massive civil strife were followed by blanket amnesties which included crimes against humanity and gross violations of human rights.

The following case studies examine what took place in three different countries – Cambodia, Chile, and Mozambique – each of which experienced violent domestic conflict and massive human rights violations. The…

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Added by Jesica L Santos on May 7, 2014 at 10:09pm — No Comments

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The Individual & the Collective, Politics, & the UN, with Jean-Marie Guéhenno

Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Jean-Marie Guéhenno, former head of United Nations peacekeeping operations, discusses the tensions between the individual and the collective in a world filled with political tension, pervasive surveillance, and fear of risk. What is the role of the UN in this environment? How can we avoid the violent upheavals that marked other transitional phases in humanity?

A Russian Take on the Kurds and U.S. Foreign Policy

A Russian defense news site declared the United States an "unreliable ally" after the the withdrawal of American troops from Northern Syria. Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev connects this characterization to the need for leaders to connect a specific policy action to a larger, understandable narrative for the American public.

The Struggle for Recognition in International Relations, with Michelle Murray

How can established powers manage the peaceful rise of new great powers? Bard's Michelle Murray offers a new answer to this perennial question, arguing that power transitions are principally social phenomena whereby rising powers struggle to obtain recognition as world powers. How can this framework help us to understand the economic and military rivalry between United States and China?

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