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.

Our Mission

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.

Our Name

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.

Blog & Press Releases

Swiss firm accused of pillaging, new trials at ICC, Ukraine violations: April war crimes round-up

Geneva Solutions’ monthly “war criminal hunt” round-up, in collaboration with Geneva-based NGO Civitas Maxima. This article was updated on May 5, to include the trial of Gibril Massaquoi. “The public has discovered in the past weeks through the media more and more of the numerous and unspeakable atrocities committed against civilians in the conflict in […]

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GJRP’s Deputy Director Fayah Williams passes away

GJRP’s Deputy Director Fayah Williams passes away It is with great sadness that we communicate that Fayah Williams, Deputy Director of GJRP, passed away on April 12, 2022.  Fayah had been part of GJRP since its creation in 2012, and was an integral part of the organization. One always felt seen by Fayah. His care […]

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Reasonable Doubt: Gibril Massaquoi acquitted

Reasonable Doubt: Gibril Massaquoi acquitted Finnish District Court dismissed all charges against former RUF spokesman and commander Today April 29th, 2022 the Pirkanmaa District Court in Tampere, Finland, issued its judgement in the trial of Gibril Massaquoi. Mr Massaquoi, former Revolutionary United Front (RUF) commander and spokesman, was charged with murder, aggravated rape, aggravated war […]

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