International Law and Accountability

Print Friendly and PDF

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.

Get Involved »

Urge U.S. to Vote Against Depleted Uranium Weapons at U.N.

Through the Right to Heal Initiative, CCR is working to raise awareness about skyrocketing…

Take Action: No U.S. Support for War Crimes by Israel!

Please take these two actions today: 1) Send a letter to your representatives and ask that…

Our Cases »

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,…

CCR Welcomes U.S. Treasury Sanction of Former Yemen President, Calls for More Accountability

November 10, 2014, New York – Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) welcomed the U.S. Department of the Treasury order to sanction the former President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, and two military commanders affiliated with the Huthi group… Read More >>

Building a U.S. Movement to End Torture

CCR client and former Guantanamo detainee Murat Kurnaz will speak on a panel of leaders who represent communities directly impacted by U.S. actions and policies that amount to torture, abuse and murder. The event, co-sponsored by CCR, will take place… 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 >>