Guarantees during Arrest and Investigation

The principles of a fair trial are preserved by a wide array of international agreements and conventions that apply to citizens as well as the state.  The most significant of which are the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The state of Lebanon has ratified [...]

Exceptional Courts

In Lebanon, the concept of a fair trial is directly challenged due to the presence of several exceptional courts. Their presence creates a form of justice that is outside the scope of ordinary law, allowing for a judiciary that is separate and inexpedient,. This is embodied namely in the Military Court, the Judicial Council, the [...]

A Fair Deal: Negotiating Justice

This report examines the main challenges relating to the use of plea deals in the United Sates, including ways in which the right to a fair trial is compromised as a result, and presents examples of good practice and potential reforms towards Improving the fairness of the growing global reliance on plea deals. Link to [...]

Report on Terrorism and Human Rights

This report elaborates on the manner in which international human rights requirements regulate state conduct in responding to terrorist threats. This section of the report presents legal arguments for the applicability of fair trial practices in terrorism cases. Link to Report

Without Protection: How the Lebanese Justice System Fails Migrant Domestic Workers

This report highlights Lebanon's judicial failure to protect migrant domestic workers in an environment which facilitates the violation of their fundamental rights, which include the right to a fair trial. Link to Report

Issues in focus – Working Group on Arbitrary Detention

These reports present observations by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on the different institutions, legal insufficiencies, policies, and judicial practices which, in its opinion, are the cause for the occurrence of cases of arbitrary deprivation of liberty, and on best practices safeguarding against arbitrary deprivation of liberty. Link to Reports

Communique: Presumption of innocence and the right to be present at trial

This report is a proposed directive on the strengthening of certain aspects of the presumption of innocence and of the right to be present at trial in criminal proceedings. Link to Report

Submission to Criminal Procedure Rules Committee on new extradition appeals rules

This report introduces a requirement for appellants to the High Court against an extradition decision to obtain the High Court’s permission to appeal. During the passage of the 2014 Act, Fair Trials repeatedly raised concerns about the removal of the automatic right to appeal in extradition cases and is therefore concerned to ensure that the [...]

Third Party Intervention: ?ierny v Slovakia

This report presents a  third-party intervention to the European Court of Human Rights in the case of ?ierny v Slovakia, which, inter alia, requires an assessment of whether a waiver of the right to a lawyer and the right to silence was validly given. Link to Report

Third Party Intervention: A.T. v Luxembourg

This report presents a third-party intervention to the European Court of Human Rights in the case of A.T. v. Luxembourg, which concerns the application of the principles established in the Court’s judgment in Salduz v. Turkey. Link to Report