Making the Law Work for Everyone
The Open Society Justice Initiative uses the law to promote and defend justice and human rights.Learn more
Federal Court Issues First Decision Against U.S. Government in Khashoggi Records Case
A federal district court in New York issued its first judgement on Open Society Justice Initiative’s lawsuit seeking the immediate release of government records related to Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
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.
To Strengthen the Rule of Law, Protect the Independence of Prosecutors
The case of Laura Codruţa Kövesi at the European Court of Human Rights underlines the importance of prosecutorial independence in protecting the rule of law.
Latest Developments at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia: July 2019
This report summarizes recent developments at Cambodia's Khmer Rouge tribunal, including the publication of the second judgement against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, and further division between the ECCC's Cambodian and international investigating judges, this time in the case against Yim Tith.
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
Justice Initiative Seeks Release of Unpublished Research on UK Government's Counter-Extremism Strategy
The Open Society Justice Initiative is calling on the UK government to publish expert research that appears to challenge the effectiveness of its controversial "Prevent" counter-extremism strategy.
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.
NGOs Challenge Sweden's Proposal for an ISIS-only War Crimes Tribunal
Seven international and Syrian NGOs are warning against the idea of an atrocity court that would focus only on ISIS, and not on crimes committed by all sides in Syria's civil war.