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Grantees Support Mass Rape Trial in DRC

MacArthur grantees the American Bar Association and Advocats Sans Frontieres led the efforts of Congolese lawyers representing 60 victims in the case against an army officer who sent his troops to rape, beat, and loot. Read More

Teenagers, Friends and Bad Decisions

This post describes a recent study by Laurence Steinberg that found teenage peer pressure has a distinct effect on brain signals involving risk and reward. Read More

Inter-American Court of Human Rights Rulings Encourage Reform in Mexico

Two decisions by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in cases litigated by MacArthur grantees are prompting Mexico's government to reform its Code of Military Justice. Read More

Inter-American Court of Human Rights Compels Mexican Government to Enact Broader Human Rights Reforms

Two decisions by the Court in the past 14 months in cases litigated by two MacArthur grantees have ramped up pressure on Mexico’s government to reform its Code of Military Justice. Read More

Using Technology to Monitor Human Rights Abuses in Hard-to-Reach Places

Technology originally developed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, with support from MacArthur, to help monitor human rights abuses in hard-to-reach places is the basis of the new Satellite Sentinel Project, which will ... Read More

Realigning Illinois Fiscal Priorities in Juvenile Justice

"Research shows that treating youth in the community is the best medicine for youth crime," writes Elizabeth Clarke, President of the Juvenile Justice Initiative, a grantee of MacArthur's Models for Change juvenile justice reform initiative. Read More

True Stories: Young People in the Juvenile Justice System

Pursuing Justice, a monthly podcast of the Juvenile Law Center, features true stories and conversations on issues facing young people in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Read More

ECOWAS Court Says Education is a Basic Human Right in Nigeria

In a landmark judgment, the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in Abuja, Nigeria, declared that Nigerians have an enforceable right to basic education. Read More

California Approves Juvenile Competence Law

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill, influenced by several MacArthur grantees, that establishes developmental immaturity as a factor in determining whether a juvenile is competent to participate in court proceedings. Read More

New State Law in Nigeria Improves Legal Rights for Suspects

A new law adopted last month by the Anambra State government in Nigeria includes reforms of the criminal justice system recommended by MacArthur grantee the Legal Defense and Assistance Project. Read More