Read and download reports, handbooks, briefing papers, legal and policy submissions, and fact sheets from the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Legal Tools: European Standards on Criminal Defense Rights
This case digest covers all of the core procedural rights that underpin access to justice and a fair trial. It summarizes all key case law from the European Court of Human Rights.
Justice 2015: Successful Models for Partnership and Implementation
Around the world, efforts to strengthen access to justice are having a tangible impact on development. This fact sheet illustrates how partnerships involving government, business, civil society, and others are key to success.
Justice 2015: How Justice Impacts Development
Justice is recognized by scholars, practitioners, and governments as having a positive effect on development. This fact sheet outlines how support for justice has aided progress on the current Millennium Development Goals.
Justice 2015: Justice Plays a Fundamental Role in Eliminating Poverty
Justice is out of reach for too many people, taking a toll on development. This fact sheet makes the case for including a justice goal in the post-2015 development agenda.
Fact Sheet: Improving Pretrial Justice in Mexico
Over 40 percent of prisoners in Mexico are awaiting trial. To address the problem, the state of Morelos worked with the Open Society Justice Initiative to establish a program to manage supervised pretrial release.
Fact Sheet: Improving Pretrial Justice in Nigeria
Nigeria’s prisons are notoriously overcrowded. This fact sheet outlines a project launched in 2005 by the NGO REPLACE, aiming to reduce the prison population and shorten the length of pretrial detention.
Fact Sheet: Improving Pretrial Justice in Malawi
A pilot project in Malawi is demonstrating how legal assistance can be provided in a cost effective way by paralegals.
Fact Sheet: How Pretrial Detention Stunts Socioeconomic Development
The excessive and arbitrary use of pretrial detention critically undermines socioeconomic development—and is especially harmful to the poor.