IRaq: Litigating the legality of the iraq war

 
 Baghdad, Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq

 

JAI is pioneering the war crime of aggression, a principle that was defined at the Nuremberg Trials as the "supreme international crime." JAI is seeking a court order imposing liability against high ranking members of the Bush Administration who planned and waged the Iraq War on the basis that the war constituted aggression and was a crime under international law. Learn about our efforts to seek accountability over the Iraq War.

 

CLimate change: The International law of climate change

 
 Gangehi, the Maldives

Gangehi, the Maldives

 

As the world warms and as sea levels rise, continued government inaction is now laying the groundwork for unprecedented human hardship. JAI is currently in the process of developing the first ever comprehensive guide on the International Law of Climate Change. JAI is also working on efforts to put together a comprehensive 

 

War and Peace: The International law of war and peace

 
 Various defendants sitting at the Palace of Justice, Nuremberg, Germany, in 1946 as part the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg.

Various defendants sitting at the Palace of Justice, Nuremberg, Germany, in 1946 as part the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg.

 

The international political and legal system is in dire need of reform. What are the ways in which the global legal order can adapt and evolve to meet the pressing needs of the future? We are working on the first ever comprehensive legal guide addressing the International Law of War and Peace. Check back for more updates as we continue to build out our research materials.

 

REFUGEES: Preparing for the great refugee crises to come

 
 The refugee crises of the future will affect all people.

The refugee crises of the future will affect all people.

 

At JAI, we take the position that the people movement we witness today is merely a preview of much greater people movement that will take place as a result of rising sea levels, warmer temperatures, droughts, extreme weather conditions and political instability. We are working on legal research to help governments and policy makers make sense of the refugee crises to come and to advise on best practice in preparing and managing these people flows.

 

UNIVERSAL JURISDICTION: HOLDING THE POWERFUL accountable under law

 
 Den Haag, the Netherlands

Den Haag, the Netherlands

 

JAI has drafted the world’s first Universal Jurisdiction Practice Guide, designed as a reference for human rights practitioners all over the world. This guide will assist litigators as they advance and win arguments related to universal jurisdiction and international law, including criminal codes. JAI is also working on the outlines of a universal jurisdiction treaty.

For more information and downloading instructions, click here.

 

Forthcoming projects

PREVENting and challenging executive war making

 
 United Nations building, New York City, United States

United Nations building, New York City, United States

 

Leaders all over the world are stoking the flames of xenophobia, nationalism and militarism in a manner that is reminiscent of the 1930s. JAI is currently working on research, advocacy and litigation avenues to prevent and challenge reckless executive branch leaders who would plunge the world into war.