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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Blog & Press Releases
Iranian prison officer sentenced, Rwandan genocide conviction, Sri Lankan ex-president under fire: July war crimes round-up
Geneva Solutions’s monthly “war criminal hunt” round-up, in collaboration with Geneva-based NGO Civitas Maxima. “No holiday recess for this monthly round-up as international crimes – as well as efforts to litigate these crimes – do not stop over the summer. Once again, several developments on Ukraine, but also justice efforts on crimes committed in Iran, […]
Ukraine begins first rape trial of Russian soldier, Swiss probed for timber trafficking: June war crimes round-up
Geneva Solutions’s monthly “war criminal hunt” round-up, in collaboration with Geneva-based NGO Civitas Maxima. “As we continue our monthly round-up on cases involving international crimes, litigation continues in Ukraine with a case on sexual violence; however, trials are now expanding to include people who fought alongside the Ukrainians, both in Ukraine and in Russia. The […]
Former Liberian Government Army General Charged in Philadelphia, United States, in connection with alleged war-time crimes￼
Former Liberian Government Army General Charged in Philadelphia, United States, in connection with alleged war-time crimes Yesterday, June 23, an indictment charging former Commanding General of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Moses Wright, was unsealed. He was charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania with fraudulently attempting to obtain […]
- If the state won’t deal with civil war criminals, then civil society will – Mail & Gardian
- Juger les crimes de guerre en Ukraine : une mobilisation judiciaire sans précédent – Dalloz
- Guerre en Ukraine: l’heure de vérité pour la justice internationale – RFI
- Crimes de guerre en Ukraine : les précisions d’Alain Werner, avocat et directeur de Civitas Maxima – RTS
- Comment prouver les crimes de guerre? – TV5Monde
- L’avocat Alain Werner commente les accusations de crimes de guerre visant la Russie – RTS