International Law and Accountability

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al-Daraj neighborhood of Gaza City after being bombed by the Israeli Military.

As citizens of an increasingly interconnected world, it is critical that all nations, the United States especially, recognize and incorporate the norms of international law into their systems of justice. CCR pioneered the use of the Alien Tort Statute to prosecute human rights abuses committed abroad in U.S. courts and has created a body of law that helps to hold foreign officials and corporations accountable to the public. We have also brought cases against U.S. officials in foreign courts under the principle of Universal Jurisdiction, which is based in the belief that some crimes are so heinous that they defy national boundaries.

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Demand that DOJ Read the Torture Report

National Call in Day (May 6) On May 6, pick up the phone and call the…

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SNAP v. the Pope, et al

  Ongoing revelations of pervasive and serious sexual violence against children and vulnerable adults by priests and others associated with the Catholic Church in different parts of the world  have demonstrated that the crisis is not one of isolated random sexual…

Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta

Watch our video about 16-year-old Abdulrahman. On October 14, 2011, he was eating dinner with his teenage cousin at an open-air restaurant when they and five others were killed by a U.S. drone strike. On July 18, 2012,…

False Accusations of Anti-Semitism Used to Silence Advocacy for Palestinian Rights on U.S. College Campuses

May 18, 2015, New York and Chicago – Today Palestine Solidarity Legal Support (Palestine Legal), in conjunction with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), released findings on the rising trend across U.S. college campuses of conflating criticism of Israeli policies… Read More >>

May Freedom Flicks: Call Me Kuchu

The Bertha Justice Institute and the Center for Constitutional Rights are proud to invite you to a free screening of Call Me Kuchu. We will be joined for conversation following the film by award-winning Call Me Kuchu filmmaker Malika Zouhali-Worrall,… Read More >>

Doe v. Karadzic

In 1993, CCR and co-counsel sued Karadzic for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity – including the campaign of rape and other sexual violence as a form of torture and genocide used against Bosnian women and men. Read More >>

Xuncax v. Gramajo and Ortiz v. Gramajo

Xuncax v. Gramajo and Ortiz v. Gramajo are two civil damages suits filed on behalf of Guatemalans, all Kanjobal Indians who were brutalized themselves, lost loved ones, and lived in highland villages demolished by Gramajo’s soldiers. They charge former Defense… Read More >>