PJI formally launched on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

Access to Justice at Home: If Not Now, When?

Thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate this important milestone. Relive the event by viewing the recording below!

Access to justice for victims of atrocity crimes is rare in the best of times. In this time of global crisis that is even more true. While international mechanisms and universal jurisdiction in foreign courts provide vital access to justice for some victims, they can only address a fraction of the cases. With the global pandemic and economic crises, access to justice for victims of atrocity crimes in their home countries presents an even more urgent challenge now and for the foreseeable future.

In this context, we are delighted to announce the launch of our new international human rights organisation, Partners in Justice International (PJI). PJI builds on the extensive experience of co-directors Maxine Marcus and Kathleen Roberts, by partnering with local justice actors

  • to challenge impunity for atrocity crimes,
  • advance justice for victims where they live, and
  • build resilience to sustain peace and democracy in the long term.
Master of CeremoniesComment byModerator
Niccolò A. Figà-TalamancaDr. Beth Van SchaackPatricia Sellers
Secretary General, No Peace Without JusticeLeah Kaplan Visiting Professor in Human Rights, Stanford Law
Faculty Affiliate, Stanford Center for Human Rights & International Justice
Special Advisor on Gender, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
Visiting Fellow, Kellogg College, University of Oxford
Practicing Professor, London School of Economics

Additional Speakers

Thanks to all our colleagues who took the time to send video greetings for the event!

  • Brahim Belghith, Lawyer of the Court of Cassation, Tunisia, Lawyer of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights
  • Carmen Cheung, Executive Director, Center for Justice & Accountability (CJA)
  • Catherine Sweetser, Deputy Director, Promise Institute for Human Rights, UCLA
  • Daye Gang, Barrister, Victorian Bar, Svenson Barristers, Consultant, Citizens Alliance for North Korean Human Rights
  • Retired Colonel Desmond Travers, Vice President, Institute for International Criminal Investigations
  • Drita Hajdari, Prosecutor, Head of War Crimes Department, Special Prosecution Office, Republic of Kosovo
  • Emily Kenney, Policy Specialist on Transitional Justice, UN Women
  • Eric Witte, Senior Project Manager, National Trials of Grave Crimes, Open Society Justice Initiative
  • Jessica Peake, Assistant Director, Promise Institute for Human Rights, UCLA
  • Jo-Marie Burt, Senior Fellow, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), Associate Professor of Political Science, George Mason University, Co-Director, Verdad y Justicia
  • Justice Teresa Doherty, Judge, Special Court for Sierra Leone
  • Kate Mackintosh, Executive Director, Promise Institute for Human Rights, UCLA
  • Li Fung, Senior Human Rights Advisor to the UN Resident Coordinator in Kenya
  • Lydia Muthiani, Kenyan Human Rights Lawyer, Co-Director, Utu Wetu Consulting
  • Nahla Valji, Senior Advisor on Gender, Office of the Secretary-General of the UN
  • Philip Grant, Director, TRIAL International
  • Philip Trewhitt, Executive Director, Institute for International Criminal Investigations
  • Mme. Pramila Patten, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict
  • Reed Brody, Human Rights Lawyer, “The Dictator Hunter”
  • Rupert Skilbeck, Director, REDRESS
  • Ambassador Stephen Rapp, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues (2009-2015)
  • Suleiman Bolaleh, Somali Human Rights Activist, Founder, Hornwatch
  • Tyler Giannini, Clinical Professor of Law, Co-Director, International Human Rights Clinic, Harvard Law School
  • Wendy Betts, Director, eyeWitness to Atrocities
  • Wolfgang Kaleck, General Secretary, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights
  • Yasmin Sooka, South African Human Rights Lawyer, Chair, UN Human Rights Commission for South Sudan


Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Time: 19h00-20h00 CET