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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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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Zhao v. Netherlands

In the UN Human Rights Committee's first ever decision on the right of children to acquire nationality, it determined that by registering a child as “nationality unknown”, Dutch authorities violated his right to international protection and to seek a nationality.

Last update: December 29, 2020
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Mhlungwana v. the State and the Minister of Police

Protestors successfully argued that it was unconstitutional for South African law to make the failure to give prior notice of a demonstration a crime.

Last update: April 18, 2017
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Iseni v. Italian Ministry of the Interior

Roberto Iseni is in danger of criminal sanctions and expulsion because he failed to apply for a passport within a 12-month window following his 18th birthday, as dictated by Italian law.

Last update: December 20, 2011
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Omerovic and Others v. Italy

In 2008 Italy introduced emergency legislation that applied only to Roma. The Omerovic family brought a legal action with nine other claimants to challenge this discriminatory treatment.

Last update: September 17, 2010
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Williams v. Spain

With Women’s Link Worldwide and SOS-Racismo Madrid, the Open Society Justice Initiative filed a complaint to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on behalf of Rosalind Williams regarding a case of racial profiling by a Spanish police officer.

Last update: August 12, 2009
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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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