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The Journal of Global Rights and Organizations (JGRO) is a biennial academic journal run by Syracuse University College of Law students. Impunity Watch News‘ Regional Rights Roundup publishes cutting-edge coverage of cases before regional rights bodies, focusing on six core rights areas: 1) the right to life, 2) freedom of thought and belief, 3) freedom of expression, 4) the right to education, 5) the cross-cutting theme of disability rights, and 6) equal protection.

As the world around us is changing, so too, are we growing and adapting.

Filling a gap in existing both scholarly and practitioner-oriented legal blogs, Impunity Watch News‘ Regional Courts Roundup strives to publish timely news and opinions about cases, applications, and pleadings, including those before the International Criminal Court, Inter-American Court and Commission of Human Rights, European Court of Human Rights, and African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Our new website format, launched in the summer of 2018, furnishes focused news to provide academics, students, and activists the means with which to understand human rights issues in the world’s regional human rights courts. This is a change away from our previous format where our reporters would publish news from regions rather than specific courts.

The Journal of Global Rights and Organizations serves as a platform for cutting-edge legal scholarship and research.  In 2018-19, JGRO focuses increasingly on legal developments before the regional courts. JGRO is free to read on our website, JGRO’s authors’ articles and our notes will soon be available in commercial online databases. We may also be found in the U.S. Library of Congress electronic database.

Founded in 2007 by retired Professor David M. Crane L’80, the founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, under the name Impunity Watch (2007-2017), in 2018, Professor Cora True-Frost assumed leadership of the Journal of Global Rights and Organizations and Impunity Watch News. Through Impunity Watch’s renaissance this year, we build on a strong foundation and seek to have an even broader impact, exposing critical and sometimes conflicting and overlooked developments in rights articulation.

JGRO and Impunity Watch News participate in the annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogues hosted by the Robert H. Jackson Center each summer at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York, and maintain close ties with the Syrian Accountability Project and other human rights organizations.

The Impunity Watch inquiries and enterprise are needed now more than ever. As an organization of students, we publish cutting-edge legal commentary on breaking global and regional court decisions.  Regional and global conceptions of rights continue to change, as do the authorities articulating them. JGRO and Impunity Watch News track and analyze those changes.

Sincerely,

 

Aaron Records, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Global Rights and Organizations

Emily Green, Editor, Impunity Watch News

 

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