Making the Law Work for Everyone
The Open Society Justice Initiative uses the law to promote and defend justice and human rights.Learn more
UK Should Use “Magnitsky”-Style Sanctions to Hold MBS Accountable for Khashoggi’s Killing
There are reasonable grounds to suspect that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin-Salman was involved in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The U.K. government must now use its new "Magnitsky" sanctions regime to hold him accountable.
Case Watch: German Court Sides with Muslim Women Teachers Over Discriminatory Headscarf Ban
A recent judgement by Germany's top labor court is expected to end a decades old court battle over headscarf bans for teachers.
Toxic Forest Fires and COVID-19 Could Be a Deadly Combination in Southeast Asia
Yearly toxic smog from tropical forest and peatland fires in Indonesia, which spill into Malaysia and Singapore, could exacerbate the COVID-19 pandemic. The government and agri-businesses must change course now to avert this manufactured disaster.
Protecting Prisoners’ Health during COVID-19
As COVID-19 continues its deadly march around the globe, with the lives of incarcerated persons hanging on the line. Yet future deaths of incarcerated persons are still avoidable. The clock is ticking, and decision-makers must act now.
What we do
As part of the Open Society Foundations, the Justice Initiative shares its mission of building vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens.Explore
How we work
Since 2003, Justice Initiative lawyers have represented scores of individuals before domestic and international courts, in cases that have sought not only to vindicate individual claims, but to establish and strengthen the law’s protection for all.Explore
Migrant Farmworkers in Greece Remain Unprotected After Disappointing Council of Europe Decision
The Open Society Justice Initiative is expressing concern over a decision to suspend Greece's obligation to make labor policy changes that would protect migrant farmworkers.
Justice Initiative Calls U.S. Sanctions Designations an Unprecedented Assault on ICC
The Open Society Justice Initiative issues a response to the U.S. government's authorization of sanctions and additional visa restrictions against senior International Criminal Court (ICC) officials, Fatou Bensouda and Phakiso Mochochoko.
Justice Initiative Sues U.S. Government for Trump Administration’s COVID-19 Records
The Justice Initiative filed a lawsuit under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking the immediate release of government records relating to the timing and substance of the Trump administration’s COVID-19 response.