Int. Commission of Jurists Geneva 2012-2016

Activity identifier

International Commission of Jurists


ICJ developed a new strategic and operational plan for the period 2016-2020 which means that the formulation of the previous four strategic goals have been slightly redefined to capture a change rather than state the end goal. The new plan also includes a fifth strategic goal - increased domestic implementation of and compliance with international and regional human rights laws and standards. This is not new work for ICJ but rather a different and more visible way to show the extensive work done to ensure domestic implementation of international human rights law. However, there have been some challenges for ICJ in reporting in accordance with this goal and ICJ is still to decide how they want to report in the future. ICJ has delivered results in all goal areas and at all levels - international, regional and national. Below is a short overview of activities per goal area. The annual progress report includes a number of concrete examples or results per goal area. 1) Throughout the year, ICJ has contributed to strengthen the independence of the judiciary, including the need to observe appropriate mechanisms for the selection, appointment, promotion, transfer, and discipline of judges and prosecutors in line with international norms and standards. ICJ has also intervened to protect individual judges, prosecutors, and lawyers against interference, intimidation and attacks and to ensure their security. In 2016, there was a worrying global trend of the increased use of the judicial system to harass and persecute lawyers, for example in Azerbaijan, Egypt, Guatemala, Turkey and Thailand among other countries. In 2016, there were at least 985 judges and lawyers trained on the independence of the judiciary in 27 seminars and workshops. There were 50 advocacy interventions on the independence of judges and lawyers. 2) Access to justice for all Throughout the year, ICJ urged governments around the world to take coordinated action to protect the human rights of migrants and refugees, which was the focus of this year’s annual Geneva Forum of Judges and Lawyers. ICJ also continued its focus on the impact of the operations of business enterprises on human rights, including in rural communities and among indigenous peoples. In many countries human rights defenders continued to face harassment and persecution, often for the exercise of internationally protected rights, such as freedoms of expression, association, and assembly. ICJ monitored and reported on violations of guarantees of due process of law or fair trial rights. ICJ also called for reform of laws and the end to the practise of the trial of civilians before military courts. ICJ continued its work in the area of women’s access to justice and on human rights protections arising from sexual orientation and gender identity. During 2016, there were at least 1110 lawyers, HRDs, judges and prosecutors trained on access to justice in 23 seminars and workshops. There were 22 legal interventions and 85 advocacy interventions on access to justice. 3) ICJ works to combat impunity and make the truth known by ensuring those responsible for gross human rights violations, serious violations of international humanitarian law and crimes under international law are brought to justice. Accountability also acts as a deterrent to prevent further human rights violations through guarantees of non-repetition, thus also linked to the right of victims to reparation. Throughout the year, ICJ supported legal cases against perpetrators and provided expert opinions in cases of gross human rights violations, such as torture and ill-treatment, sexual violence, extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances. ICJ also worked to empower communities and individuals to demand truth, justice and reparation. During 2016, 574 judges, lawyers, and HRDs were trained on issues related to accountability in 22 seminars and workshops. There were 49 legal interventions 4) International human rights



Granting agency
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Implementing organisation
Aid type
B01 - Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes
Contributions for Human Rights and democracy 2014-2017


Bilateral, Unspecified


Government and civil society
Human rights


Activity length
2012 – 2017

Financial information

Paid per year (net value)
2012 USD 1 034 141
2013 USD 921 206
2014 USD 874 648
2015 USD 711 803
2016 USD 701 221
Total paid amount (net value)
USD 4 243 019
Total committed amount


DisbursementThe amount placed at the disposal of a recipient country or agency.
Type Description Receiver Org Transaction ID Date Value
Commitment---2012-11-01USD 4 579 769
USD 1 034 141
USD 921 206
USD 874 648
USD 711 803
USD 701 221

This post shows the annual total amount of disbursements for this particular activity. For the current year, the figure reflects the total amount of disbursements up until the date of the latest data update. The date of the latest data update is available on Openaids startpage.




Intended ultimate beneficiaries

Objectives / Purpose of activity

Results, outcomes and outputs

Review of project performance and evaluation

Focus areas (policy markers)

Marker Principal objective Significant objective Not targeted
Gender Equality
Aid to Environment
Participatory Development/Good Governance
Trade Development
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification


Activity data from IATI