2018 Global Human Rights Litigation Report
Strategic human rights litigation seeks to use the authority of the law to advocate for social change on behalf of individuals whose voices are otherwise not heard.
This 2018 report provides summaries of over 60 cases undertaken by the Justice Initiative to defend and strengthen human rights, together with short commentary and analysis from our staff. This work supports Open Society's wider efforts to build tolerant and vibrant democracies, whose governments are accountable to their citizens.
Our litigation work deals with discrimination, freedom of information, citizenship, freedom of expression, national criminal justice, deaths in custody and torture, economic justice, international criminal justice, corruption and the human rights impact of counter-terrorist policies.
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.
Using the Courts to Change the World: Insights from Experience
A new report by the Open Society Justice Initiative offers an unprecedented overview of strategic human rights litigation around the world, and offers eight lessons for success.
Human Rights Litigation Practice Notes: Legal Writing for Human Rights Claims
A guide for human rights lawyers to the preparation of persuasive claims before the regional human rights courts and United Nations Treaty Bodies.