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Last modified on: 12.02.2016

The Trial Watch Project

Trial Watch is the only database in the World to centralize all the pieces of information regarding criminal proceedings in the field of international criminal law, and has passed the threshold of a thousand profiles in May 2013. 

This multilingual online database takes an inventory of people prosecuted for war crimes or crimes against humanity, genocide, torture or enforced disappearances, with detailed indications of the context in which these crimes were perpetrated and the stage of the proceedings. 

With more than 8.5 million views since its creation, this tool is now a reference for many journalists, students, NGOs and the general public as a forum for reliable and up-to-date information on criminal proceedings in the field of international criminal law, in French, German and Spanish. Thanks to its search engine, Trial Watch facilitates specifications such as the context, the place of the trial, the type of crime and procedural aspects. 

About a hundred criminal cases based on universal competence are thus listed, from the Eichmann case (1960-1961) to the Hissène Habré, Augusto Pinochet or Abdoulaye Yerodia ones. 

Numerous cases held before international bodies (Hermann Goering, Duch, Laurent Gbagbo, Charles Taylor, Theoneste Bagosora or even Slobodan Milosevic) and national courts (Maurice Papon in France, Alberto Fujimori in Peru and recently Efraín Ríos Montt in Guatemala) are also listed. 

Created by TRIAL in 2004, Trial Watch functions thanks to the help of a motivated team of volunteers and interns, who are in charge of transcribing profiles and update the website on a daily basis. 

In 2004, Trial Watch launch has been granted financial support by the City of Geneva.

In 2005, Trial Watch further developments have been granted financial support by the Loterie Romande.

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