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Amicus Briefs

Developing Human Rights Jurisprudence

Amicus Briefs

Developing Human Rights Jurisprudence


CJA authors or signs amicus curiae briefs in support of human rights cases filed by other individuals or organizations, where decisions in these cases could have a wide-ranging impact on our work and on the evolution of human rights law. Our amicus briefs provide substantive written arguments on legal issues on which we have expertise, and address topics ranging from the abuse of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay to the prevailing impunity for violence against women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. 

CJA's Amicus Docket

Acree v. Republic of Iraq
Torture in Iraq: Supporting the Claims of Survivors Against the Iraqi Government

Ali v. Rumsfeld
Right to Redress for Victims of Torture in U.S. Overseas Military Facilities

Al Shimari v. CACI
Right to Redress for Victims of Torture in U.S. Overseas Military Facilities

Arar v. Ashcroft
Absolute Prohibition: U.S. Accountability for Torture and Extraordinary Rendition

Ashcroft v. Al-Kidd
Holding U.S. Officials Accountable for the Misuse of Witness Detention to Hold Suspects Without Probable Cause

Ashcroft v. Iqbal
Racial Profiling and Prisoner Abuse in the Round-up of New York Area Muslims

"Baby Doc" Duvalier Prosecution
No Statute of Limitations on Crimes Against Humanity

Balcero v. Drummond Company, Inc.


Belhas v. Ya’alon
Opposing Sovereign Immunity for War Crimes and Extrajudicial Killing

Campo Algodonero v. The United Mexican States
Ciudad Juárez: Addressing Mexico's Failure to Prosecute Violence Against Women

Ford v. Garcia
El Salvador: Command Responsibility for the Infamous Churchwomen Murders

Hamdan v. Rumsfeld
Tortured Evidence: Opposing the Unconstitutional Military Commissions for Guantanamo Detainees

Hwang Geum Joo v. Japan
The Comfort Women Case: Supporting the Claims of WWII-era Victims of Sexual Violence

Iraq v. Beaty
No Immunity for Torture: The Right to Redress as an International Legal Norm

Kiobel v. Shell
Justice in U.S. courts for atrocities overseas: preserving the Alien Tort Statute

Mamani v. Berzain

Command responsibility for the killing of indigenous protestors in Bolivia

Matar v. Dichter

The Limits of Sovereign Immunity: Preserving the Intended Purpose of the Torture Victim Protection Act

Medellin v. Dretke
Foreign Nationals on Death Row: Recognizing the Right of Access to Consular Officials

Rasul v. Bush & Al-Odah v. U.S.

The Right of Habeas Corpus: Defending  Due Process for Guantanamo Detainees

Rasul v. Rumsfeld

The Right of Redress: Supporting the Claims of Torture Survivors Against Bush Administration Officials

Sanchez-Llamas v. Oregon
The Right of Consular Access for Foreign Nationals

Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain

Preserving the Alien Tort Statute as a Powerful Tool for Human Rights Litigation

Tachiona v. Mugabe

The Robert Mugabe Case: Keeping Determinations of Immunity in the Judicial Branch

Zontul v. Greece
Supporting Claims of Torture and Violence Against LGBT Refugees before the European Court of Human Rights