Civitas Maxima is founded on the conviction that victims of international crimes must hold the keys to their own quest for justice.

Our Vision

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.


News & Blog

How can child soldiers be tried for crimes committed as adults?

This article first appeared on Le Temps on the 6th of May How can child soldiers be tried for crimes committed as adults? On the 6th of May, the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will sentence Dominic Ongwen, a former Ugandan rebel commander and a former child soldier. His guilty verdict has already […]

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Standing for what is right: consequences of conflict on disability

Standing for what is right: consequences of conflict on disability We must treat every disabled person with equal respect and dignity, without discrimination. Disability doesn’t in any way mean inability. My experience when I became blind was a dramatic one, as I was not born blind. I developed blindness at a very young age but […]

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Momentum for Justice in Liberia

Momentum for Justice in Liberia On Wednesday April 7, 2021, a Finnish court concluded the Gibril Massaquoi case hearings in Monrovia, Liberia, which began on February 23. 21 days of hearings, during which 55 witnesses were heard and interrogated by Finnish prosecutors and defense lawyers. Gibril Massaquoi, former RUF (Revolutionary United Front) spokesman and commander, has been charged […]

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