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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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.

Last update: March 05, 2012
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Arrest Rights Challenge

In Poland, many accused don’t have access to a lawyer until the investigation into their case has been completed. This brief challenges the practice, which undermines the fundamental right to a fair trial.

Last update: December 01, 2011
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Vargas Telles v. City of San Lorenzo

The Open Society Justice Initiative has filed a brief urging Paraguay’s top court to recognize a right of general access to government information—the first case of its kind in the country.

Last update: February 25, 2010
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Casas Chardon v. Ministry of Transportation

An anticorruption pressure group in Peru wanted access to the financial declarations of the Minister of Transport, but the authorities said the information was confidential.

Last update: September 28, 2009
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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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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.

Last update: June 01, 2009
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Anyaele v. Taylor

A case challenging the asylum granted by Nigeria to former Liberian president Charles Taylor.

Last update: April 01, 2006
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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.

Last update: January 26, 2015
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