Making the Law Work for Everyone
The Open Society Justice Initiative uses the law to promote and defend justice and human rights.Learn more
Is the EU Acting Boldly Enough to Defend Civil Society and Democracy?
The EU says its latest report on the rule of law will be a preventive tool to “ensure there is no backsliding,” but many have their doubts. Now, members of civil society are calling for swift action.
UK Should Use “Magnitsky”-Style Sanctions to Hold MBS Accountable for Khashoggi’s Killing
There are reasonable grounds to suspect that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin-Salman was involved in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The U.K. government must now use its new "Magnitsky" sanctions regime to hold him accountable.
Around Africa, Judicial Independence Confronts Viral Authoritarianism
In one African country after another, the encounter between judicial independence and viral authoritarianism is reconfiguring the frontiers of what government can or cannot do, one ruling at a time.
The OPCW Provides the Next Opening for States to Advance Accountability for Atrocities in Syria
The next OPCW Conference of the States Parties provides states a new window of opportunity to give hope to Syrian victims seeking justice.
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 Sues Trump Administration over International Criminal Court Executive Order
The Open Society Justice Initiative has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government over a Trump administration executive order authorizing draconian economic sanctions and severe civil and criminal penalties for those who support the ICC.
Justice Initiative Joins Syrian Groups in Filing First Criminal Complaint on Behalf of Sarin Attack Victims
The Justice Initiative, the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression, and Syrian Archive have filed a criminal complaint on behalf of chemical weapons attack victims to the Office of the German Federal Public Prosecutor.
Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan Issues Final Positive Ruling Awarding Compensation for Prison Death
On Monday, September 28, the Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan declined an appeal filed by Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Finance on its ruling in the case of Ernazarov v. Kyrgyzstan, upholding a final decision awarding compensation to the family of the victim, Rahmonberdi Enazarov.