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Raising the Bar: Improving the Nomination and Election of Judges to the International Criminal Court

There are currently significant flaws in the way that the member states of the International Criminal Court identify and elect judges to the court, leading to the election of less-qualified candidates, and a bench dominated by a handful of states.

October 28, 2019
First page of PDF with filename: raising-the-bar-20191112.pdf
Briefing Paper

Legal Analysis: Hungary’s Special Tax on Migration-Related Activities

A summary legal analysis of Hungary’s law imposing a special tax on migration-related activities and financing.

November 2018
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-paper-hungary-special-tax-analysis-20181114.pdf
Briefing Paper

Legal Analysis of Hungary’s Anti-NGO Bill

This briefing paper analyzes legislation passed by the Hungarian parliament that criminalizes efforts by civil society groups to offer support to refugees and migrants.

June 2018
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-hungary-lexngo-update-20180705.pdf
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A Toolkit for Drafting Complaints to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and Committee Against Torture

This manual for human rights activists and lawyers seeks to develop their skills in using litigation as one of the tools to combat torture, cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment and punishment.

April 2018
First page of PDF with filename: litigation-toolkit-torture-20180427.pdf
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Civil Society and the Copenhagen Declaration on Reform of the European Court of Human Rights

Remarks delivered by James A. Goldston, executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative, on the response of civil society to Denmark's proposed reforms of the European Court of Human Rights.

April 11, 2018 | James A. Goldston
First page of PDF with filename: james-goldston-remarks-on-copenhagen-declaration-on-reform-of-the-echr-20180411.pdf
Briefing Paper

European Union Law and Romanian Draft Law 140/2017 on Associations and Foundations

This briefing paper considers the extent to which a proposed new Romanian law on the management of civil society organizations would violate provisions of European Union law.

February 2018
First page of PDF with filename: romania-legal-briefing-20180205.pdf
Briefing Paper

Joint Submission on International Standards for Regulating the Use of Force

A submission to the Human Rights Committee from the Open Society Justice Initiative and four other rights groups on the interpretation of human rights law on the use of force.

November 01, 2017
First page of PDF with filename: hrc-joint-submission-force-20171101.pdf
Briefing Paper

Implementing ECHR Protocol 16 on Advisory Opinions

This legal briefing provides a summary of some of the proposed changes to the Rules of Procedure of the European Court of Human Rights intended to implement Protocol 16 to the Convention on advisory opinions.

March 2016
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-echr-protocol-16-20160322.pdf
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