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 […]

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The Gibril Massaquoi Appeal Q&A

The Gibril Massaquoi Appeal Q&A During the initial Gibril Massaquoi proceedings, Civitas Maxima posted a Q&A addressing the most frequently asked questions. As the appeal proceedings began on January 10, 2023, in Turku, Finland, we propose for your readership an updated Q&A. The first instance proceedings spurred discussion and debate, not only because they sat within the broader context of calls for the […]

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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 […]

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Thank You, and a Recap of 2022

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, […]

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Juges d’un jour et crimes de masse

One-day judges and mass crimes OPINION. The oral proceedings of  French trials surprised our columnist Alain Werner, director of Civitas Maxima, during the trial of Liberian warlord Kunti Kamara, which was just held in Paris. Appearing before a French “Cour d’assises” is a fascinating dive into the principle of orality, with a court that includes both […]

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