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Strategic Litigation Impacts: Insights from Global Experience

Drawing on years of field-based research, this report takes an unprecedented, empirical look at the impacts of strategic human rights litigation.

October 2018
First page of PDF with filename: strategic-litigation-impacts-insights-20181023.pdf
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Strategic Litigation Impacts: Torture in Custody

This study looks at how activists in Argentina, Kenya, and Turkey have sought to use the courts to secure remedies for torture victims and survivors, bring those responsible to justice, and enforce and strengthen the law.

November 14, 2017
First page of PDF with filename: slip-torture-corrected-20180529.pdf
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Strengthening from Within: Law and Practice in the Selection of Human Rights Judges and Commissioners

This joint report shines a light on the processes that governments use to nominate and select human rights judges and commissioners.

November 2017
First page of PDF with filename: strengthening-from-within-20171102_0.pdf
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Strategic Litigation Impacts: Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights

This comparative study examines the ways indigenous communities in Malaysia, Paraguay, and Kenya and their advocates are using litigation in an effort to defend their rights and win compensation.

April 2017
First page of PDF with filename: slip-land-rights-20170620.pdf
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Understanding National Progress: A Cross Regional Exchange on Access to Justice

A summary a meeting organized by the Open Society Justice Initiative in Washington, D.C., in October 2016, which focused on developing effective measurements for access to justice.

April 2017
First page of PDF with filename: a2j-workshop-20170404.pdf
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From Rights to Remedies: Structures and Strategies for Implementing International Human Rights Decisions

This report explores the challenge of making rights real by examining how human rights decisions and recommendations made by international bodies are implemented at the national level.

June 2013 | Christian De Vos
First page of PDF with filename: from-rights-to-remedies-executive-summary-20130605.pdf
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Effective Criminal Defence in Europe

This report summarizes the findings of a research project that explores and compares access to effective defense in criminal proceedings across nine European jurisdictions.

June 2010 | Ed Cape, Roger Smith, and Taru Spronken
First page of PDF with filename: criminal-defence-europe-summary.pdf
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Between Law and Society: Paralegals and the Provision of Primary Justice Services in Sierra Leone

This paper focuses on Timap for Justice, a pioneering organization expanding access to legal services in rural areas of Sierra Leone. This updated edition includes a new foreword by George Soros.

March 2010
First page of PDF with filename: between-law-and-society-20100310.pdf
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