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— Civitas Maxima is founded on the conviction that victims of international crimes must hold the keys to their own quest for justice.

Alain Werner
Director of Civitas Maxima

Allegedly responsible for horrific crimes, a Liberian rebel faction’s Defense Minister & Spokesman Thomas Woewiyu faces trial in the United States. This is Chapter II of the Liberian Quest for Justice, a campaign launched by Civitas Maxima, and the Global Justice & Research Project.

Vision

A world where all forgotten victims of international crimes have access to fair and impartial justice mechanisms, and perpetrators are held accountable.

Mission

Civitas Maxima facilitates the documentation of international crimes, and pursues the redress of such crimes on behalf of victims who do not have access to justice, by: 

(i) collaborating with and building the capacity of local grass-roots partners to document crimes in the state where those crimes were committed; 

(ii) coordinating a network of investigators and lawyers to help victims gain access to justice and hold perpetrators accountable before foreign domestic or international courts and tribunals, however, whenever and wherever possible;

(iii) generating awareness and informed debate around victims' cases, with a view to empowering local communities to pursue their own quests for justice.

The Name

Civitas Maxima - Together against international crimes.

Due to their scale and intensity, international crimes not only violate individual victims’ rights but also touch the humanity in all of us. In this context, the Latin term civitas maxima - which can be translated as ‘greatest citizenry’ – represents a call to do together, as citizens of the world, what we can to ensure justice for international crimes. Based on the deeply held belief that there are no ‘others,’ Civitas Maxima envisages a global cooperation between victims, independent lawyers and investigators, and officials from state authorities regardless of nationality, ethnicity, political or religious affiliation, or other exclusionary factors.