Making the Law Work for Everyone
The Open Society Justice Initiative uses the law to promote and defend justice and human rights.Learn more
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.
Will Banning Facial Recognition Solve Our Surveillance Problems?
Ending the police's use of racially-biased facial recognition technology temporarily or forever will not solve the full scale of the global surveillance problem around the world.
In fighting COVID-19, Sierra Leone Should Learn from Ebola Mistakes
As Sierra Leone works to contain the pandemic, there has not yet been a proper reckoning for the high-level corruption that tainted the country's ultimately successful battle against Ebola.
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
Amazon Workers' COVID-19 Lawsuit in New York Helps Protect Workers Across the U.S.
A worker lawsuit has led Amazon to change its national corporate policy, allowing workers in warehouses to take the necessary health and safety precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Groups Urge State Parties to ICC to Follow Transparent Process for Electing New Prosecutor
In an open letter, the Justice Initiative joins nine organizations in urging state parties to the International Criminal Court to adhere to the existing process of electing its next prosecutor, including refraining from nominating candidates not included in the shortlist released on June 30, 2020.
Justice Initiative Calls on UK Government to Address Racial Discrimination by Law Enforcement during COVID-19 Lockdown
The Justice Initiative has joined an open letter calling on the UK government to narrow the powers of police to enforce the lockdown and take immediate measures to address racial and ethnic discrimination.