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  • Through July 28th, PBS is showing their Documentary, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, online. It looks at how a documentary filmed in Guatemala in 1983 provided the key evidence to indict former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt with genocide. This timely look at the links between film evidence and international crimes comes when issues around documenting evidence of atrocities for...

  • A new report by the Open Society Institute-Brussels and Transparency International EU looks at the potential for new EU legislation governing the extractive industry to positively affect African citizens. The European Parliament and Council of Ministers have the opportunity in the coming months to make sure that EU based companies engaged in the oil, gas, mining and forestry sectors help...

  • Check out Dr. Monisha Bajaj's blog on the Namati Global Legal Empowerment Network, looking at educational initiatives aimed at youth operating in schooling contexts and how they can offer interesting alternatives and broader perspectives on the role of the law. She observes that simply the presence of a specific program on human rights and legal empowerment within schools provides a framework...

  • Libya: armed forces and ICRC sign agreement under which the ICRC will provide support for the integration of the rules of international humanitarian law in the training and operations of the Libyan Armed Forces and in the Military Act.

    South Africa: In a move which threatens to undermine truth and reconciliation - the social contract that informed South Africa’s transition to democracy...

  • Thirteen prominent NGO's working on global justice and rule of law issues have written to Viviane Reding, European Commission Vice-President in charge of Justice, to express their concern about the lack of concrete action towards reform of Europe's pre-trial detention regime, since the November 2011 consultation deadline to the European Commission's Green Paper on Detention. The letter urges...

  • The eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been called the worst areas in the world to be a woman or child. For the past 15 years, women and girls in the region have suffered mass sexual violence on an unimaginable scale, perpetrated by the Congolese army, rebels, militias, and others. Impunity has been the rule, and simply finding courtrooms and judges is next to...

  • Paralegals can be a powerful tool of justice, helping to resolve disputes and empower individual clients and whole communities. Living and working in the communities they serve, community-based paralegals combine their knowledge of the formal justice system with mediation and community education to help the poor and marginalized address their justice problems.

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  • The African Development Bank’s (AfDB) legal department held a brainstorming session in Tunis on June 22, 2012, on the rule of law and the challenges it poses for economic development.  Professor Erik Jensen, Co-Director of the Centre for Research on the Rule of Law at Stanford University led the session, which was chaired by the AfDB’s legal counsel, Kalidou Gadio.

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  • For billions of rural people, land is their greatest asset: the source of food and water, the site of their livelihoods, and the locus of history, culture, and community. Yet governments in Africa have been granting vast land concessions to foreign and domestic investors for agro-industrial enterprises and forestry and mineral exploitation. According to recent data, transactions covering at...

  • Sean Martin McDonald, the Chief Executive Officer of FrontlineSMS, blogs on the challenges of bridging the gap between principles of access to legal services and the practicalities of its provision, noting that it will require more than new tools and approaches but rather a new perspective: the client. 

    Jun 21 2012

    Bridging the gap between the principles of access to legal...

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