The Open Society Justice Initiative pursues strategic litigation and engages in policy advocacy in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Read our News Releases and Advocacy Updates on our work.
Baby Doc Duvalier Must Not Evade Justice
Haiti must ensure that Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, the country’s former dictator, stands trial on charges arising from systematic human rights abuses, as required by international law.
Czech Roma Still Face “Educational Apartheid,” Despite Court Ruling Five Years Ago
The Open Society Foundations is urging the Czech government to end the institutionalized segregation of Roma children within its schools, five years after it was ordered to do so by the European Court of Human Rights.
European Court Complaint Challenges Russia over Death of Anticorruption Whistle-Blower
The mother of Sergei Magnitsky, the Russian anticorruption whistle-blower who died in detention in November 2009, is taking the search for justice for her son’s death to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
African Tribunal Reinforces Nationality Rights for Children
The African Union body responsible for protecting children’s rights has urged Kenya to grant citizenship to children of its stateless Nubian minority, in a ruling that marks a victory in the battle against statelessness across the continent and beyond.
Statement on Pretrial Detention and Discrimination
Advocates including the Open Society Foundations speak out on the estimated three million people around the world behind bars awaiting trial—many of whom are from the poorest and most marginalized sectors of society.
Paralegal Justice Services Expand Across Sierra Leone
The number of paralegals providing free basic justice services in Sierra Leone will more than double next month, as donors join with non-governmental organizations and community-based groups to create a nation-wide network of legal assistance.
Sierra Leone Paralegal Program Evaluation Underway
The Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University, is evaluating a pilot criminal justice paralegal program launched last year by Timap for Justice and the Open Society Justice Initiative in Sierra Leone.
In New Article, Goldston Considers Need for Fresh Approach to Rule of Law Reform
Open Society Justice Initiative executive director James A. Goldston discusses the need for a new approach to rule of law reform, emphasizing local expertise and mutual learning between the global north and south.