Civitas Maxima is founded on the conviction that victims of international crimes must hold the keys to their own quest for justice.
A world where all forgotten victims of international crimes have access to fair and impartial justice mechanisms, and perpetrators are held accountable.
Civitas Maxima facilitates the documentation of international crimes, and pursues the redress of such crimes on behalf of victims who do not have access to justice, by:
(i) collaborating with and building the capacity of local grass-roots partners to document crimes in the state where those crimes were committed;
(ii) coordinating a network of investigators and lawyers to help victims gain access to justice and hold perpetrators accountable before foreign domestic or international courts and tribunals, however, whenever and wherever possible;
(iii) generating awareness and informed debate around victims’ cases, with a view to empowering local communities to pursue their own quests for justice.
Civitas Maxima – Together against international crimes.
Due to their scale and intensity, international crimes not only violate individual victims’ rights but also touch the humanity in all of us. In this context, the Latin term civitas maxima – which can be translated as ‘greatest citizenry’ – represents a call to do together, as citizens of the world, what we can to ensure justice for international crimes.
Based on the deeply held belief that there are no ‘others,’ Civitas Maxima envisages a global cooperation between victims, independent lawyers and investigators, and officials from state authorities regardless of nationality, ethnicity, political or religious affiliation, or other exclusionary factors.
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War crimes round-up: Liberian civil war rebels on trial again, survivor testifies against Gambian ‘death squad’
Geneva Solutions’s monthly “war criminal hunt”, in collaboration with the Geneva-based NGO Civitas Maxima. The first month of 2023 has been an indicator of how universal jurisdiction is gaining ground globally with every passing year. In Switzerland, the appeal proceedings against Liberian former rebel commander Alieu Kosiah began in a case that has represented many…
Kosovo war court issues first verdict, Nazi secretary convicted in Germany, Russia pushes for immunity law: war crimes round-up
Geneva Solutions’s monthly “war criminal hunt” round-up, in collaboration with Geneva-based NGO Civitas Maxima. As 2022 came to a close, there was no slowing down for justice. The Specialist Chambers for Kosovo, set up in 2015, ruled against a former commander of the Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army. In November, we had reported on one of…
Thank you, and a Recap of 2022 Dear Friends, This year marks the 10th anniversary of Civitas Maxima. In these past years we have accompanied victims of forgotten conflicts in their quest for justice, and contributed to legal discourse in several landmark cases in various countries. Whilst we proudly celebrate this decade of work with you all,…
- Liberian warlord’s trial concludes in Switzerland – Reuters
- Hassan Bility, un justicier libérien contre les siens – Le Temps
- Plaintiff Alleges Attacks and Intimidation in Retaliation for Testimony in Kosiah Trial – Premium Times Ng
- Jugé pour crime contre l’humanité, l’ex-chef de guerre nie en bloc – 20 Minutes
- Rape victim testifies in Swiss court as Liberian war criminal appeals conviction – Reuters
- Ex-Rebel Gibril Massaquoi tried in court of appeal – AfricaNews
- Crimes contre l’humanité : un ex-chef de guerre libérien jugé en appel en Suisse – Sud Ouest
- Ex-Liberian strongman seeks to overturn Swiss war crimes ruling – Al Jazeera
- Liberian war crimes appeal trial opens in Switzerland – Swissinfo.ch
- En appel, Alieu Kosiah devra aussi répondre de crimes contre l’humanité. Une première pour la justice suisse – Le Temps
- Finnish appeals court begins Liberia war crime hearing – Al Jazeera