Making the Law Work for Everyone
The Open Society Justice Initiative uses the law to promote and defend justice and human rights.Learn more
For a New Path Forward, Denmark Must Commit to Equality
Life in Denmark has become increasingly difficult for the thousands of Muslim citizens and immigrants in the country. Many new policies ostracize Muslims—and they are illegal.
German and Belgian Prosecutors Urged to Investigate Chemical Shipments to Syria
Three groups working on accountability for atrocity crimes have filed criminal complaints with prosecutors in Antwerp, Hamburg and Essen over shipments to Syria of restricted chemicals in 2014.
Independent Panel Finds Only Three of Five Inter-American Human Rights Commission Candidates Qualified for Office
Two out of five candidates for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights are unqualified for office, a new report by independent experts finds.
Open Society Justice Initiative Sues U.S. Government for Khashoggi Records
A lawsuit filed in federal court in the South District of New York seeks the immediate release of government records relating to the killing of U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
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
Open Society Justice Initiative Welcomes German Arrests of Syrian Atrocity Crime Suspects
The Justice Initiative has been working with the Commission for International Justice and Accountability to build a case dossier against one of the men arrested, who is a former senior Syrian intelligence official.
Open Society Justice Initiative Joins Calls to Protect Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Cutting U.S. funding would imperil a key international tool for upholding human rights, a coalition of civil society groups claims.
German Court Ruling on U.S. Drone Strikes Leaves Victim’s Son without Redress
A German court has rejected the complaint of a Somali herdsman over the death of his father in a U.S. drone strike in 2012, in a case that highlighted the role of U.S. facilities in Germany in the drone program.