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.
ICC Announces Prosecutor Nomination Short List, Justice Initiative Calls for Additional Actions to Ensure Merit
Following the International Criminal Court's release of shortlisted candidates for the role of prosecutor , the Justice Initiative calls on member states to ensure that the candidates embody outstanding professional merit and “high moral character,” a key requirement for the position.
Groups Call on a Brazilian Court to Uphold Human Rights in Prisons during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Justice Initiative, in partnership with civil society organizations Conectas and Elas Existem, submitted a joint amici brief to the Court of Justice of the State of Rio de Janeiro detailing the government’s obligations under international law to protect the human rights of incarcerated persons during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Justice Initiative Calls for Accountability for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Syria
The Justice Initiative has co-signed a letter calling on European member states, prosecutors with jurisdiction over crimes committed in Syria, and other decision-makers to ensure access to justice for survivors of systemic sexual and gender-based violence during the Syrian civil conflict.
New Legal Opinion Calls on EU to Act on Hungary’s Emergency COVID-19 Laws
The Open Society Justice Initiative and Blackstone Chambers released a legal opinion on Hungary’s Authorization Act and associated decrees, calling on the European Union to hold Hungary accountable for violations of EU law.
African Lawyers call for Clarity on Election Rules under COVID-19
The Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) has filed a request to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights to elaborate on the rules and standards that should govern elections in Africa during the coronavirus pandemic.
Justice Initiative Applauds Worker Suit against Amazon for COVID-19 Labor Conditions
Workers and family members of workers at Amazon’s JFK8 fulfillment center in Staten Island, New York have filed a lawsuit to force changes to the company’s on-the-job and leave policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Justice Initiative Calls on UK Government to Address Racial Discrimination by Law Enforcement during COVID-19 Lockdown
The Justice Initiative has joined an open letter calling on the UK government to narrow the powers of police to enforce the lockdown and take immediate measures to address racial and ethnic discrimination.
Residents Sue Denmark Over Discriminatory “Ghetto Package” Eviction Plan
Twelve Copenhagen residents have filed a lawsuit against the Danish government seeking a declaration that measures under the country’s so-called Ghetto Package are unlawful under EU law and the European Convention on Human Rights.