Tag: Criminal Justice

Event: Joining together to stop investigative torture: A conversation with Karen Tse, International Bridges to Justice

Posted on March 26th, by Akhila Kolisetty in LIDS LIVE. No Comments

Joining together to stop investigative torture: A conversation with Karen Tse, International Bridges to Justice

When: April 3rd, 12 – 1 pm

Where: WCC 3018

In too many countries, it’s still normal to torture prisoners for confessions and information. Karen Tse works to end that. A former public defender, Karen Tse developed an interest in the intersection of criminal law and human rights after observing Southeast Asian refugees held in a local prison without trial, often tortured to obtain “confessions.” In 1994, she moved to Cambodia to train the country’s first core group of public defenders. Under the auspices of the UN, she trained judges and prosecutors, and established the first arraignment court in Cambodia.

In 2000, Tse founded International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) to help create systemic change in criminal justice and promote basic rights of legal representation for defendants on the ground. Her foundation complements the work of witness groups, who do the equally vital work of advocacy, reports, photographs. Tse’s group helps governments build new systems that respect individual rights. In IBJ’s first years, she negotiated groundbreaking measures  in judicial reform with the Chinese, Vietnamese and Cambodian governments. It now works in sixteen countries, including Rwanda, Burundi and India. As a social entrepreneur, … Read More »


LIDS White Paper accepted for publication by ABA

Posted on June 30th, by hlids in LIDS LIVE. 1 Comment

During the 2012-2013 academic year, LIDS commenced its first White Paper project led by Maryum Jordan and Delphia Lim. The team consisted of the following students from Harvard Law School and the Fletcher School: Kwabena Acheampong, David Donatti , Patrick Kibbe, Jose Vicente Santos de Mendonca, and Melanie Reed. The White Paper, entitled “Access to Remedies for Public Harm Caused by Foreign Public Bribery: Proposals for Legal Reform in the U.S.,” investigates compensation options for corporate public bribery, with a particular focus on the harm faced by the public in developing countries. The paper spotlights the proposition that remedies for this type of public harm should be provided by the home states of the corporate perpetrators. After examining the current international and American legal frameworks on corruption, the paper explores two ideas for promoting more robust victim’s compensation under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The first idea considers mechanisms for redistributing the fines collected from FCPA violations and the second considers an amendment to the FCPA to include a private right of action for foreign plaintiffs.

After the White Paper was drafted, it was accepted for publication by the American Bar Association’sCriminal Justice magazine. Criminal Justice is published quarterly for the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice … Read More »