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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Bumbeș v. Romania

Together with Greenpeace Romania, the Justice Initiative argues that activist Mihail-Liviu Bumbeș should not have been required to give three days notice when he and three others chained themselves to the gate of a Romanian government building.

Last update: July 18, 2019
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Al-Nashiri v. Romania

The complaint calls for a proper investigation into Romania's responsibility for the CIA's abuse of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri at a secret prison on its territory and other violations of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Last update: December 19, 2018
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Open Society Institute–Budapest v. Hungary

The Open Society Foundations are calling on the European Court of Human Rights to address violations of the rights to freedom of association and expression by the Hungarian government.

Last update: September 24, 2018
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Big Brother Watch v. United Kingdom

The European Court of Human Rights held that the UK’s bulk interception regime violated the right to privacy for its lack of sufficient oversight and safeguards.

Last update: June 19, 2017
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Girleanu v. Romania

A Romanian journalist was temporarily detained, charged, and fined for having confidential information related to national security in his possession.

Last update: August 26, 2014
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MGN Ltd v. United Kingdom

This case before the European Court of Human Rights involves the massive costs of libel suits, which have a chilling effect on NGOs and small publishers by discouraging them from publishing important stories.

Last update: January 18, 2011
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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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HCLU v. Hungary

In this case involving a Hungarian NGO denied access to information, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the denial interferes with the group's right to information.

Last update: April 19, 2009

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