Justice Initiative lawyers have represented scores of individuals and groups before domestic and international human rights courts and tribunals around the world. These cases seek not only to vindicate individual claims, but to establish and strengthen the law’s protection for all.
German Criminal Investigation into Chemical Weapons Attacks in Syria
The Justice Initiative has joined with Syrian groups in filing the first criminal complaint against Syrian government officials for the 2013 and 2017 chemical weapons attacks in Ghouta and Khan Shaykhun. The complaint was filed before the Office of the German Federal Prosecutor.
Federal Prosecutor's Office v. Anwar R.
Anwar R., a former Syrian colonel who led a unit of Syria's General Intelligence Directorate, has been accused of supervising the “systematic and brutal torture” of more than 4,000 prisoners in a detention center known as Al Khatib, or Branch 251, resulting in the deaths of at least 58 people.
Democracy and Human Rights Resource Centre and Others v. Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan's freezing of the bank accounts of NGOs and human rights activists represents a breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Huseynov v. Azerbaijan
Through this application before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Emin Huseynov, an Azerbaijani journalist, is seeking a ruling that a declaration renouncing his nationality—made under duress—cannot be used by the government to revoke his citizenship.
Y, T & A v. Berlin Education Authority
The Justice Initiative supported the development of a case brought by three pupils of migrant background challenging the discriminatory treatment growing out of educational reforms adopted by Berlin.
Diario Militar Case
In 1999, a leaked Guatemalan government death squad diary revealed details about killings conducted by the military regime. Families of some of the victims are now bringing a case to the Inter-American Court.
German Headscarves Ban
In 2006, several regional governments in Germany adopted laws supposedly to maintain neutrality and peace in the school, but which amount to discrimination against Muslim teachers on grounds of religion.
Fadia v. Diakonisches Werk Hamburg
This case is about a woman in Germany whose job application was rejected because she refused to convert to Christianity. She challenged the rejection as religious discrimination.