Litigation

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. 

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Class Action Lawsuit against French Government for Ethnic Profiling by Police

The Justice Initiative, along with partner NGOs, filed the first class action lawsuit in France to end ethnic profiling by police, who disproportionately target people based on their skin color or presumed ethnic origin.

Last update: July 22, 2021
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Open Society Justice Initiative v. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) et al

The Justice Initiative seeks the public release by U.S. government agencies of all documents related to the brutal murder in Istanbul of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian dissident writer and editor, and a U.S. permanent resident.

Last update: February 17, 2021
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Seydi and others v. France

Racial profiling by the police is pervasive in France. This case argues that the application of Article 78-2 of the French Criminal Procedure Code violated numerous fundamental rights and freedoms.

Last update: October 04, 2013
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S.A.S. v France

In October 2010, France enacted a law banning the wearing of any clothing which fully covers the face in any public space. In effect the law is intended to regulate the burqa and niqab.

Last update: April 23, 2013
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Ouardiri v. Switzerland

This case is about a Swiss ban on the construction of minarets that clearly discriminates against Muslims.

Last update: October 22, 2010
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Sanoma Uitgevers v. the Netherlands

When an editor refused to hand over photos taken by a journalist, Dutch police tried to close the magazine down. The Open Society Justice Initiative argued that the police had violated freedom of expression.

Last update: September 14, 2010
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Dutch Caribbean Consultative Body v. Data Protection Authority

This case challenges the Dutch government’s attempt to create a database of all youths of Antillean descent.

Last update: March 11, 2009
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Good v. Botswana

This case is about a professor who was expelled from Botswana after writing an article critical of presidential succession, and subsequently claimed violations under the African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Last update: May 01, 2008

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