Screening social media and smartphones in asylum procedures

The increasing use of social media and mobile devices by asylum seekers offers new vetting opportunities for immigration authorities, to verify the identity or to assess national-security or 1F-exclusion aspects. In the Journal of Refugee Studies, Maarten Bolhuis and Joris van Wijk describe and analyse the growing reliance on social media and smartphone screening by…

‘Standard Practice’ of judicial witness assessments at the ICCTs?

In a recently published article in the Journal of International Criminal Justice, CICJ researchers Gabriele Chlevickaite, Barbora Hola and Catrien Bijleveld, re-examine the methods of judicial witness assessments in light of the scientific validity of the criteria applied. Accurate assessment of witness testimonies underpins judicial fact-finding at international criminal courts and tribunals (ICCTs). However, the…

Opinion article on Transitional Justice in Angola

In the context of the Angola and Transitional Justice project, CICJ researcher Joris van Wijk has co-written an opinion article at Justiceinfo.net on Angola’s reversed “forgive and forget” policy on past atrocities. The Angolan government recently came up with a reconciliation plan to honour the memory of victims that, Van Wijk and his co-author argue,…

Project ‘Eyewitness Memory in Cross-Cultural Contexts’ kicks off

This January, an exiting new research project sees the daylight. The project ‘Eyewitness Memory in Cross-Cultural Contexts’ is a collaboration between the Amsterdam Laboratory for Legal Psychology (ALLP) and the Center for International Criminal Justice (CICJ), financed by an European Research Council Starting Grant awarded to Annelies Vredeveldt. Our increasingly international society demands that eyewitnesses of serious crimes…

Guest lecture ‘Roma in Conflict’ 23 January

Provided by Jonathan Lee ‘Roma in Conflict: The Kosovo War and the Human Cost for Romani People 20 Years Later’ The Roma are Europe’s largest ethnic minority. Numbering over 12 million, they have often found themselves caught in the middle of conflicts, or on the receiving end of genocidal practices since their first arrival on…