Making the Law Work for Everyone
The Open Society Justice Initiative uses the law to promote and defend justice and human rights.Learn more
COVID-19 Poses a Threat to Justice. We Must Respond.
Read about the Open Society Justice Initiative's global work to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
Striking Essential Workers Are Today’s Human Rights Defenders
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it all too clear that it is time corporate businesses like Amazon listened to their workers, saw them as partners, and respected their rights.
Building Roads to Justice in Syria
The Open Society Justice Initiative is part of a broad movement of Syrian and international groups that are bringing some of those responsible for atrocity crimes in Syria before courts in Europe.
A Pilot Program in Ukraine is a Bold Step Toward Ensuring Transparency and Rights after Arrest
A correctional intake process pilot project supported by the Justice Initiative ensuring that police make an electronic record of all arrests in Ukraine represents progress toward guaranteeing precedural rights in the criminal justice system.
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
Residents Sue Denmark Over Discriminatory “Ghetto Package” Eviction Plan
Twelve Copenhagen residents have filed a lawsuit against the Danish government seeking a declaration that measures under the country’s so-called Ghetto Package are unlawful under EU law and the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Justice Initiative Seeks Release of Documents Revealing Scientific Advice Given to the UK Government on COVID-19
The Justice Initiative has filed a Freedom of Information (FOI) request with the UK Government seeking the disclosure of documents relating to the work of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) on COVID-19.
Justice Initiative Sues U.S. Government for Denaturalization Records
In light of the Trump administration's use of denaturalization proceedings as a tool for general immigration enforcement, the Justice Initiative has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to obtain government records on the denaturalization and deportation of Americans.