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  • On 18 July 2012, Fatou Bensouda, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), released a press statement confirming receipt of a referral of the situation in Mali by the country’s interim Minister of Justice. In terms of the 13 July 2012 referral letter, the government of Mali alleges that gross human rights violations and war crimes have been committed in the country, especially...

  • In spite of positive indications, the challenges ahead for developing more effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E) methodologies for peace operations are considerable. There are still many institutional, bureaucratic, and conceptual barriers that need to be overcome — or at least managed better — in order for significant progress to be made.

    This report is the product of a two-day...

  • Afghanistan: Kathleen Kuehnast discusses what gender violence means for Afghan women.

    Africa: Sexual refugees – those persecuted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, are unable to access asylum, either because they are unaware they can claim this or officials do not recognize the claim.

    Arab Spring: Oliver Roy discusses the unique qualities and assumptions...

  • The Global Journal recently reviewed a new, practical tool for practitioners on the issues of gender mainstreaming and post-conflict reconstrution, On the Frontlines: Gender, War and the Post-Conflict Process. The book, co-authored by Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Dina Francesca Haynes and Naomi Cah,  addresses a wide range of processes from peacekeeping to legal reform and social justice, analyzing ...

  • In the latest Open Society Foundation blog, OSF's president, Christopher Stone, discusses police reform across the world.

    July 24, 2012   by Christopher Stone

    Police Need a New Professionalism (Fortunately, It’s Already Hiding Inside Many Agencies)

    In cities across the United States, violent crime rates are at record lows as are the numbers of civilians killed by...

  • There is currently a dearth of tools and/or guidance on good practices for transitional governments working to build the rule of law in the immediate post-conflict period. A new crop of locally-owned transitions have led the international community toward a more low-key, supporting role in providing assistance. To address this gap in the literature, the INPROL team is interested in gaining...

  • In December 2011, the United Nations Development Programme released an incredibly useful tool, Access to Justice Assessments in the Asia Pacific: A Review of Experiences and Tools from the Region. While the assessments were collated from UNDP programming in the Asia Pacific, the tool is broadly applicable to all access to justice programming. It includes narratives on access to justice...

  • In a recent TED talk, Marc Goodman of FutureCrimes discusses how crime evolves, the challenges with law enforcement catching up to criminal techniques, and what to expect from criminals in the future. His discussion is enlightening, while also alarming. Given the transnational crime impllications of rule of law, this is a thoughtful video to watch.

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  • Increasingly countries around the world are changing their drug policies by ending the criminalization of those who use and possess drugs for their own personal use. This report published by Release, the UK national center of expertise on drugs and drug laws, reviews the evidence in 21 countries that have adopted some form of decriminalization and has found that the model of enforcement...

  • In this paper John Jay College of Criminal Justice President Jeremy Travis, East Palo Alto Police Chief Ronald Davis, and and University of California, Berkeley School of Law Director of Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy Sarah Lawrence examine the role that police officers have in prisoner reentry in an age with...

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