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  • This issue brief, by the International Peace Institute's (IPI) Arthur Boutellis, addresses the nature and timing of peacekeeping transitions, paying particular attention to the perspectives of UN member states and decisions by the Security Council. In light of the impending drawdown or reconfiguration of a number of peacekeeping missions, it identifies a resurgent interest among member states...

  • European Union: For years, European Union (EU) institutions have been charged with a democratic deficit, falling short on practicing those same democratic principles they claim to promote. VoteWatch Europe has developed new approaches to improving transparency and engagement around the EU’s previously obscure, decision-making processes.

    Libya: For the fifth time in less than three...

  • Over the past 18 months the world has experienced an incredible wave of new transitioning governments, with longstanding authoritarian regimes toppling to citizen demands for democratic change. Ordinary people have taken to the streets to call for reform, however the shape that it will take remains unclear and the transition process from authoritarian to democratic rule rarely runs smooth....

  • That a war crimes court should focus on the victims of war crimes sounds like a simple concept. But many of those living in the African communities where most of the atrocities being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) took place, have long complained they have been forgotten by this controversial and costly institution based thousands of miles away. The new ICC prosecutor has...

  • More than fifty organizations from twenty African countries are urging governments to strengthen access to justice and accountability across the continent by embracing the potential of community paralegals. The Kampala Declaration on Community Paralegals, issued today, reflects a new push to seek wider government recognition of the role of paralegals in resolving conflict, supporting access to...

  • In recent years, organised crime has received increased attention as a threat to international security and stability, and it has become a considerable concern for national and international decision-makers. Scholars and practitioners have increasingly pointed to the connection between transnational organised crime and state fragility, armed conflict and terrorism, and have highlighted the...

  • In Sierra Leone, a group called AdvocAid is taking an innovative approach to helping educate women on their legal rights - by dramatizing issues on television. One woman in Sierra Leone, Fatima, says she'll never forget the experience of police throwing her in detention for a crime she never committed. "The room where I was sleeping was filthy, no care and I don't have right to talk to my...

  • Brazil: On July 9th the Brazilian Commission on Drugs and Democracy (CBDD) and Viva Rio launched a national campaign to change the law on drugs in Brazil. Public support for the campaign, “Drug Law: It’s Time to Change,” has exceeded expectations, collecting over 50,000 signatures in just three days.

    Iraq: The United Nations Special Rapporteur on arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns,...

  • Frank Musukwa for Open Society Foundations'Youth Initiativediscusses discrimination against persons with disabilities in the legal profession in Zambia on OSF's Voices Blog.

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  • A Committee of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to support European Commission proposals on giving anyone arrested in the EU the right to a lawyer. The draft measure, as approved by the MEPs on July 10, would give anyone suspected or accused of a criminal offence in the EU the right to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible, and before police questioning starts. It would also...

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