- War Crimes Prosecution Resources
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- Lessons Learned Reports
- Policy Planning
- Congressional Testimony
Developed by the Public International Law & Policy Group and Baker & McKenzie LLP.
This toolkit helps civil society actors investigate gross human rights violations in the field where no immediate efficient investigative authority is available, and there is a risk of deterioration of the information relative to these violations. The Handbook includes Protocols on Investigations, A Reference Book to the Protocols, a Memorandum on the Legal Foundations, a Memorandum on the Use of Information on Gross Human Rights Violations, and a Memorandum on Preventive Monitoring.
War Crimes Prosecution Resources
In cooperation with the Case Western Reserve School of Law, PILPG operates a War Crimes Research Portal containing over 200 legal memoranda provided by PILPG to international war crimes tribunals.
This award-winning Website features key documents, breaking news, and expert debate and commentary on issues and developments related to the major international war crimes trials of our time. Among the many trials examined in the Grotian Moment Blog are the trials of the Khmer Rouge leaders before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the trial of Charles Taylor before the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and the trials of the Ba’ath Party Leaders before the Iraqi High Tribunal.
Negotiation Simulation Packets
Lessons Learned Reports
Afghanistan Reengagement Talks: This simulation focused on reengagement talks between the U.S. Government, the Afghan Government, international actors, and the Taliban. The simulation was held at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia and was co-hosted by the Minerva Institute, Middle East Studies at Marine Corps University, and PILPG. (Lessons Learned Report: “Negotiating Reconciliation in Afghanistan”).
Burma Ceasefire Negotiations: This simulation centered on ceasefire negotiations between Burmese ethnic groups and the military government. The simulation was conducted for representatives of several Burmese ethnic groups at the law offices of DLA Piper in Washington, D.C.
Indus River Basin Negotiations: This simulation developed potential solutions to points of impasse likely to arise during negotiations between India and Pakistan on the Indus River Basin. The simulation was held at the law offices of Baker & McKenzie in Washington, D.C.
Iraq Constitution Negotiations: This simulation highlighted important issues from the constitutional process in Iraq including the formation of government, creation of legislative authority, distribution of resources, protection of human, minority, and women’s rights, and transitional justice. (Lessons Learned Report: “Iraq: Negotiation a New Constitution, 2004”).
Iraq Federalism Talks: This simulation detailed federalism issues including procedures to form federal regions, the status of Kirkuk, the division of oil, water, and other resources, and the nature of public commissions. (Lessons Learned Report: “Iraq: Federalism and the Formation of Regions, March 2006”).
Iraq Oil Distribution: This simulation featured the development of the Iraqi oil industry and discussed possible solutions for the ownership of and right to extract Iraq’s oil resources and the formula for revenue allocation collected from the sale of oil.
Jordan River Basin Negotiations: This simulation identified general principles for an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians for the use and management of the Mountain Aquifer in the West Bank. The simulation was held at the law offices of Baker & McKenzie in Washington, D.C.
Kashmir Final Status Talks: This simulation stressed the creation of a lasting solution between the Indian and Pakistani Governments to the crisis in Kashmir and included key considerations for the final status of Kashmir, demilitarization, and humanitarian issues.
Kosovo Final Status Talks: This simulation emphasized discussions on the final status of Kosovo. The simulation was held multiple times in Pristina, Kosovo and Washington, D.C. (Lessons Learned Reports: “Kosovo: Negotiating Final Status, March 2002” and “Kosovo: Negotiating Final Status, December 2003”).
Libya Ceasefire Negotiations: This simulation underscored ceasefire negotiations between the National Transitional Council (NTC), the Qaddafi regime, and NATO. The simulation was held in Washington, D.C. at the law offices of Orrick and Harrington with representatives of the NTC. (Lessons Learned Report: “Libya: Negotiating a Ceasefire”).
Nepal Political Consensus Negotiation: This simulation delineated the political stalemate over issues including the restoration of government, reintegration of forces, and the peace process between the monarchy, opposition political parties, and the Maoists. The simulation was held in Kathmandu, Nepal, Columbo, Sri Lanka, and at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Washington, D.C. (Lessons Learned Report: “Nepal: Restoring Political Stability”).
Sri Lanka Peace Agreement Talks: This simulation described final peace agreement talks on issues including the adoption of an interim arrangement of autonomy in the North and East provinces and clarifications of the ceasefire agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The simulation was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka and at the law offices of Baker & McKenzie in Washington, D.C. (Lessons Learned Report: “Sri Lanka: Negotiating a Lasting Peace”).
To view other negotiations PILPG has hosted click here
PILPG regularly issues policy planning reports relating to its main practice areas.
- Power-Sharing in Iraq: Impossible or Inevitable?, Roundtable report released by PILPG, July 2014.
- Water Security in the Euphrates-Tigris Basin: Exploring Options for Cooperation, Lessons Learned from Negotiations Simulation released by PILPG, March 2014.
- Negotiating Burma’s Constitutional Process, Lessons Learned from Negotiations Simulation released by PILPG, February 2014.
- The 2010 Burmese Elections: Neither Free nor Fair, An Elections Monitoring Report released by PILPG, November 8, 2010.
- The 2010 Burmese Election: Neither Free nor Fair, A Pre-Election Monitoring Report released by PILPG, October 27, 2010.
- Sudan: Governance without Government, A report released by PILPG with The Sudan Peace Support Project.
- Nagorno-Karabakh Presidential Elections, Report of the Independent American Monitoring Delegation to the July 19, 2007 Nagorno-Karabakh Presidential Elections.
- Kirkuk, A report drafted by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP for PILPG, June 2007.
- Next Steps for Implementing the Iraq Constitution, Roundtable report released by PILPG, May, 2006.
- Next Steps for Implementing the Iraq Constitution, Roundtable report released by PILPG, May, 2006 (Arabic version).
- The Cleveland Principles, Drafted and Adopted by Participants of the “Torture and War on Terrorism” Conference at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, October, 2005.
- Reversing the Decline in the Balkans, Recommendations for Western Policy, Roundtable summary by PILPG and the Century Foundation, March, 2004.
- Unbreakable Bond: Serbs and Kosovo, Field report by PILPG, December, 2003.
- Serbia after Djindjic: Can Invigorated Reforms Be Sustained?Field report by PILPG, October, 2003.
- The United States, China and Taiwan: A Future with Hope, Conference transcript prepared by PILPG, September, 2003.
- What is Sovereignty? The Cases of Taiwan and Micronesia, Conference transcript prepared by PILPG, September, 2003.
- Establishing a Stable Democratic Constitutional Structure in Iraq: Some Basic Considerations, A report by PILPG and the Century Foundation, May, 2003.
- Achieving a Final Status Settlement for Kosovo, A report by Janusz Bugajski, R. Bruce Hitchner, and Paul R. Williams, April, 2003.
- Kosovo: Time to Negotiate a Final Status, Field report by PILPG, January, 2003.
- Kosovo: The Road Ahead, A Field Report by PILPG, March, 2002.
PILPG’s Managing Board has been called to testify before the United States Congress as experts on a range of issues relating to international law.
- “Standards of Military Commissions and Tribunals,” Michael Scharf testimony before the United States House of Representatives Armed Services Committee Hearing on the Standards of Military Commissions and Tribunals, July 26, 2006.
- “S. Policy Opportunities in Southeastern Europe,” James Hooper testimony before the United States House of Representatives International Relations Committee, July 11, 2001.
- “Winning the Peace in Kosovo – Time to Formulate a Strategy,” Paul R. Williams testimony before the United States Senate Sub-Committee on European Affairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, June 8, 2000.
- “Prospects for Democracy in Yugoslavia,” James Hooper testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, July 29, 1999.
- “Accountability for War Crimes – Progress and Prospects,” Paul R. Williams testimony before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, May 11, 1999.
- “A Case for the International Criminal Court,” Michael P. Scharf testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, July 23, 1998.
- “The Crisis in Kosovo,”Morton Abramowitz testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, June 24, 1998.
- “The Crisis in Kosovo,”James Hooper testimony before the Senate Foreign Relation Committee’s Subcommittee on European Affairs, May 6, 1998.
PILPG’s key personnel have authored numerous books, law review articles, and book chapters on issues relating to peace negotiations, state succession, and transitional justice.
War Crimes Prosecution Watch is a biweekly electronic publication that compiles official documents and articles from major news sources detailing and analyzing salient issues pertaining to the investigation and prosecution of war crimes throughout the world. It is prepared by PILPG and the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center of Case Western Reserve University School of Law and is made possible by grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Open Society Institute.
Balkan Watch was a biweekly electronic publication detailing and analyzing the various current events and conflicts in the Balkans region. It was prepared by PILPG and made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. It was discontinued in December of 2011. Archives of the publication may be found here.
Peace Negotiations Watch
Peace Negotiations Watch was a weekly electronic publication detailing current events relating to conflict and peace processes in selected countries. It was prepared by PILPG and made possible by grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Ploughshares Fund. Peace Negotiations Watch was discontinued in June of 2011. Archives of the publication may be found here.
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- Chemical red lines on Syria, by Paul R. Williams, J. Trevor Ulbrick & Jonathan P. Worboys, Foreign Policy, December 5, 2012.
- Preventing Atrocity Crimes in Syria: The Responsibility to Protect, by Paul R. Williams, J. Trevor Ulbrick & Jonathan P. Worboys, The Atlantic Council, New Atlanticist Blog, September 10, 2012.
- Word Games: The UN and Genocide in Darfur, by Jamal Jafari and Paul R. Williams, The National Law Journal, October 22, 2007.
- Why the Bosnian Arms Embargo Is Illegal, by Paul R. Williams, The Wall Street Journal Europe, June 15, 2005.
- The Case against Amnesty for Hussein, by Paul R. Williams, The Chicago Tribune, February 14, 2003.
- Making a Spectacle of Himself: Milosevic Wants a Stage, Not the Right to Provide His Own Defense, by Michael P. Scharf, The Washington Post, August 24, 2004.
- Saddam Hussein: Don’t Just Fight Him, Indict Him, by Michael P. Scharf, The Los Angeles Times, October 6, 2002.
- Rebuild Afghanistan or Terrorists Will Find Fertile Ground for Growth, by R. Bruce Hitchner and Paul R. Williams, The Washington Times, October 24, 2001.
- How the Lockerbie Trial Paid Off For U.S. Security Interests, by Michael P. Scharf, Boston Globe, February 10, 2001.
- Dayton and the Future of Bosnia, by R. Bruce Hitchner, The Wall Street Journal Europe.
- Bridging the Taiwan Strait, by Michael P. Scharf, The Christian Science Monitor, December 3, 1997.
- Indict Serbia’s Milosevic for Crimes Against Humanity, by Paul R. Williams and Michael P. Scharf, International Herald Tribune, March 21, 1998.
- Promise Them Anything, by Paul R. Williams, The Weekly Standard, December 18, 1995.