Making the Law Work for Everyone
The Open Society Justice Initiative uses the law to promote and defend justice and human rights.Learn more
The UK's Prevent Strategy Review is Fundamentally Flawed
The credibility of the UK government's supposedly Independent Review of its Prevent strategy is undermined by the narrow scope of its terms of reference, and the lack of independence of its head.
CIA Kidnap and Rendition Case in Europe Ends without Investigation
The 47-member Council of Europe has declared that the Republic of North Macedonia is no longer required to investigate the 2004 kidnapping, detention and rendition by the CIA to Afghanistan of a German citizen who had been mis-identified as a terrorist suspect.
New Report Takes Stock of Court Reparations Rulings across Latin America
Courts across Latin America have developed innovative approaches to the challenge of delivering reparations to the victims of violence. A new report outlines lessons learned.
The Use of EU Law to Protect Civic Space
This briefing paper examines how European Union law can be used to protect the fundamental rights of independent civil society groups, in the face of government encroachment.
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
African Commission Rules against Cameroon in Radio Station Case
The African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights has ordered Cameroon to pay compensation for blocking the launch of an independent radio station, in a ruling that reinforces protections for freedom of expression.
European Court of Human Rights Finds Russia Responsible for Death of Whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky
The European Court of Human Rights today delivered a comprehensive rebuke to Russia over the 2009 death in pretrial detention of Sergei Magnitsky, the accountant who had previously exposed a $230m tax fraud involving officials of Russia’s powerful Interior Ministry.
Open Society Justice Initiative Challenges Hungarian Constitutional Court Ruling on Anti-NGO Laws
The Open Society Justice Initiative is returning to the European Court of Human Rights to challenge Hungarian laws that criminalize and tax the work of independent civil society groups.