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.
Eight Years After Chemical Weapons Attacks at Ghouta, Investigations Have Been Opened in Three European Countries
Judicial authorities in Germany, France, and Sweden have opened investigations into chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian government, crimes against humanity that have killed hundreds of civilians, including children.
A Class Action Lawsuit in France Challenges Racist Police Tactics
Civil Society organizations including the Open Society Justice Initiative are seeking systemic changes from France’s Council of State.
African Court Calls on Nations to Bolster Election Fairness and Transparency During COVID-19
All African Union Member States have a duty under international law to guarantee fairness and transparency in elections during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ECJ Reaffirms Restrictions Excluding Muslim Women in the Workplace
The top European Union court has made it clear that employers can restrict the wearing of "religious symbols," such as Islamic headscarves, but only in limited circumstances, which will stigmatize Muslim women.
Justice Initiative Commends the Supreme Court for Declining to Immunize US Companies for International Law Violations Committed Abroad
The Supreme Court has ruled against enslaved children's bid to hold U.S. companies accountable for abusive labor practices, it also held that companies are not fully exempt—leaving open a route to greater corporate accountability.
Human Rights Organizations Thank ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda for Service
Human rights organizations sent their gratitude to the outgoing International Criminal Court’s Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, for her many years of service.
Justice Initiative Settles ICC Executive Order Lawsuit with the Biden Administration
The Open Society Justice Initiative settled their lawsuit against the U.S. government an executive order that authorized sanctions against the International Criminal Court.
Dutch Appeals Court Affirms Misconduct by TMF Management B.V. in Mozambique “Hidden Debt Scandal”
The ruling demonstrates an increase in scrutiny of under-regulated sovereign debt markets in the Global South, and comes at a time when many countries are experiencing heightened pressure to recover from the COVID-19 crisis by borrowing money.