The Impacts of Strategic Litigation on Indigenous Peoples' Land Rights
In June 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, the Open Society Justice Initiative convened a two-day consultation of 40 stakeholders to reflect on the impacts of strategic litigation on indigenous peoples’ enjoyment of their land rights. The comparative inquiry drew on the experience of three focus countries: Kenya, Malaysia and Paraguay as well as regional judgments.
The meeting was held within the framework of a multi-year inquiry to sharpen shared understandings of the achievements, limitations, risks, and ultimate impacts of strategic litigation around the world. Members of six different indigenous communities together with their attorneys, land rights activists, a government official, scholars and others interrogated the impacts of this critical legal advocacy tool. This document summarizes the discusisons.
Losing their Land, Indigenous Peoples Turn to the Courts
Paraguay's Yakye Axa people lost control over their traditional forest lands to cattle ranchers and soy farms. A new report looks at their efforts to use litigation to claim compensation.
Strategic Litigation Impacts: Equal Access to Quality Education
This comparative study, based on research in Brazil, India, and South Africa, assesses how the power of the litigation is being harnessed in the pursuit of adequate basic education for all.
The Impacts of Strategic Litigation on Custodial Torture
A summary of discussions at a conference in Istanbul, held in November 2015, on the role of strategic litigation in the battle to eliminate torture.