International Negotiation Handbook

Developed by the Public International Law & Policy Group and Baker & McKenzie LLP.

Investigations Handbook

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.

Handbook on Civil Society Documentation of Serious Human Rights Violations (Français) (العربية)

Field Guide for Civil Society Documentation of Serious Human Rights Violations (Français) (العربية)

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War Crimes Prosecution Resources

War Crimes Research Portal

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.

Grotian Moment: The International War Crimes Trial Blog

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.

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Negotiation Simulation Packets

Darfuri Delegation Packet

Government of Sudan Packet

International Mediators Packet


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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”).


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Policy Planning

PILPG regularly issues policy planning reports relating to its main practice areas.

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Congressional Testimony

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.

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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.

To view a list of PILPG scholarships click here
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War Crimes Prosecution Watch

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.

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Balkan Watch

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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Select Op-Eds

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