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Journal Article | Dec 2019

The politicization of abortion and hippocratic disobedience in Islamist Sudan

In Sudan's Islamist state, abortion is politicized through its association to illegal pregnancy. Fornication is crime against God punishable with 100 lashes. Pregnancy outside a marriage contract constitute sufficient evidence...
Liv Tønnessen and Samia al-Nagar (2019)
in Health and Human Rights (online first, October 2019)
CMI Insight | 2018

Missing from the picture: Men imprisoned for ‘moral crimes’ in Afghanistan

Recent years have seen sustained focus on the prosecution of Afghan women and girls for ‘moral crimes’ such as adultery and ‘running away’. However, many Afghan men are also charged...
Aziz Hakimi, Torunn Wimpelmann (2018)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Insight 2018:2) 4 p.
CMI Working Paper | 2017

Adultery, rape, and escaping the house: The protection and policing of female sexuality in Afghanistan

This working paper undertakes an initial survey of the dynamics through which the criminalization of female sexuality structures women’s access to protection against rape in Afghanistan, examining both legislation and...
Torunn Wimpelmann (2017)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Working Paper WP 2017:9) 16 p.
U4 Practitioner Experience Note | 2017

Prosecuting corruption across borders: Eurojust – Interview with Maria Schnebli

For fifteen years, Eurojust’s operational focus has been set by the European Commission’s Agendas on Security and Migration: treating terrorism, illegal immigrant smuggling and cybercrime as priorities. Corruption cases, which...
Sofie Arjon Schütte (2017)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Practitioner Experience Note 2017:3)
U4 Practitioner Experience Note | 2017

Transforming Brazil’s anti-corruption record – Interview with Dr. Sílvio Antonio Marques

As the richest state in Brazil, São Paulo has experienced its share of abuse of public office. However, it has also had some successful experiences with investigating, prosecuting, and recovering...
Alessandra Fontana, Sílvio Antonio Marques (2017)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Practitioner Experience Note 2017:2)
U4 Issue | 2017

Preventing corruption in community mineral beneficiation schemes

Abstract This paper analyses patterns of corruption and corruption risks related to community mineral beneficiation schemes (CMBSs) that distribute benefits funded by mineral revenues to communities. It analyses insights from existing...
Michael Nest (2017)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Issue 2017:3) 40 p
Journal Article | 2017

Legal knowledge as a tool for social change: La mesa por la vida y la salud de las mujeres as an expert on Colombian abortion law

In May 2006, Colombia’s Constitutional Court liberalized abortion, introducing three circumstances under which the procedure would not be considered a crime: (1) rape or incest; (2) a risk to the...
Ana Cristina González Vélez and Isabel Cristina Jaramillo (2017)
in Health and Human Rights Journal vol. 19 no. 1
Book Chapter | 2017

Costa Rica: Tipping points and an incomplete journey

This chapter tracks Costa Rica’s long transition from a particularistic to a universal ethical society using a process-tracing methodology. It argues that the origins of Costa Rica’s success began in...
Bruce Wilson and Evelyn Villareal (2017)
in Transitions to Good Governance: Creating Virtuous Circles of Anti-corruption
Journal Article | 2016

Death of a Statesman – Birth of a Martyr: Martyrdom and Memorials in Post–Civil War Lebanon

This (open access) article furthers the study of post-civil war memorialisation in Lebanon by analysing the trajectory of the late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri from statesman to martyr. This transformative...
Are John Knudsen (2016)
in Anthropology of the Middle East vol. 11 no. 2 pp. 1-17
CMI Brief | 2016

Violence against women in the context of urban poverty in Angola

Violence against women is widespread in Angola. This brief presents the main findings in a recent study of how violence against women is playing out in the context of urban...
Iselin Åsedotter Strønen, Margareth Nangacovie (2016)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Brief vol. 15 no. 16) 4 p.
U4 Brief | 2016

Specialised anti-corruption courts: Indonesia

The Indonesian Court for Corruption Crimes, or Tipikor court, has handled corruption cases for more than a decade. Initially there was only one Tipikor court in Jakarta, exclusively hearing cases...
Sofie Arjon Schütte (2016)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Brief 2016:4) 4 p
U4 Brief | 2016

Specialised anti-corruption courts: Uganda

The Uganda High Court has an Anti-Corruption Division (ACD) with original jurisdiction over all corruption and related cases. The main rationale for its establishment was the speedier resolution of corruption...
Sofie Arjon Schütte (2016)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Brief 2016:5) 5 p
Journal Article | 2016

Trial of the Status Quo: The Politics of Mediated Justice in the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

 The Lebanese media landscape is widely acknowledged to be a battleground for privatized outlets aligned with political elites. Each outlet vies for hegemony in a crowded and competitive marketplace of...
Sari Hanafi, Are John Knudsen, Robert Flahive (2016)
in Arab Studies Journal, 24(1): 68-88
Report in External Series | 2016

The Specialized Units for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women in Afghanistan: Shortcuts or detours to women's empowerment?

Torunn Wimpelmann, Mohammad Jawad Shahabi, Farangis Elyasi (2016)
Kabul and Bergen: Research Institute for Women Peace and Security & Chr Michelsen Institute 24 p.
Report in External Series | 2016

Prosecution of Acts of Violence Against Women. A closer look at the data

Torunn Wimpelmann, Mohammad Jawad Shahabi (2016)
Research Institute for Women Peace and Security & Chr Michelsen Institute 24 p.
Book Chapter | 2016

Reconfiguring Power and Insecurity in the Afghan context: The Consequences of Outsourcing Security in High Risk Societies

The Routledge Research Companion to Outsourcing Security offers an overview of the different ways in which states have come to rely on private contractors to support interventions. Part One puts into...
Åse Gilje Østensen (2016)
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Journal Article | 2015

Framed Justice: The Politics of Media for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

[English abstract] The Lebanese media landscape is widely acknowledged to be a battleground for privatized outlets aligned with political elites. Each outlet vies for hegemony in a crowded and competitive...
Sari Hanafi, Are John Knudsen, Robert Flahive (2015)
in Arab Journal for Political Science vol. 45-46 pp. 89-109
U4 Issue | 2015

Corruption risks in the criminal justice chain and tools for assessment

This U4 issue paper provides policymakers in developing nations, their citizens, and U4’s partners in the donor community with an overview of where corruption is most likely to arise in...
Sofie Arjon Schütte, Victoria Jennett, Richard E. Messick, Jay S. Albanese, Heike Gramckow, Gary Hill (2015)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Issue 2015:6) 62 p.
Book Chapter | 2015

Uruguay: reconstructing peace and democracy through transitional justice

This chapter traces 30 years of transitional justice development following civil-military rule (1973–85) in Uruguay. The 1985 amnesty law helped end state-sponsored violence, but it precluded prosecution of human rights...
Elin Skaar (2015)
in Elin Skaar, Camila Gianella Malca, and Trine Eide: After Violence: Transitional Justice, Peace, and Democracy. London and New York: Routledge (Transitional Justice Series) pp. 67-93
Journal Article | 2015

One step forward and many to the side: Combating gender violence in Afghanistan, 2001-2014

This article offers some reflections on the efforts over the last decade to combat violence against women in Afghanistan through reforms of laws and the justice system. The paper identifies...
Torunn Wimpelmann (2015)
in Women's Studies International Forum vol. 51 pp. 101-109