Projects

Post-Conflict Justice

The Chicago Principles on Post-Conflict Justice (2001 2008)

In 2008, IHRLI published The Chicago Principles on Post-Conflict Justice. The book presents basic guidelines on policies that address past atrocities associated with authoritarian rule and armed conflict. The document grew out of a series of meetings and consultations over a seven-year period involving 180 distinguished scholars, jurists, journalists, religious leaders and others from 30 countries. The book presents guiding principles related to seven key areas on post-conflict justice: prosecutions; truth-telling; reparations; vetting; memorialization and education; traditional, indigenous and religious approaches; and, institutional reform. Each principle is followed by a review of concrete recommendations regarding the design and implementation of specific strategies, policies and programs. The Chicago Principles was managed by an IHRLI team including M. Cherif Bassiouni, project director; Daniel Rothenberg, executive editor; and Etelle Higonnet and Michael Hanna, contributors.
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Princeton Principles on Universal Jurisdiction (2001)

IHRLI staff contributed to the Princeton Principles on Universal Jurisdiction. The Princeton Principles addresses jurisdictional issues related to international crimes such as piracy, slavery, war crimes, crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, genocide and torture. The drafting committee was chaired by Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni with IHRLI Sullivan Fellow Steven Becker serving as Rapporteur. The Principles are intended to help guide national legislative bodies seeking to enact implementing legislation, to aid judges who may be requires to construe universal jurisdiction, and to otherwise assist in promoting international criminal accountability.
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