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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
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
Report

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
Report

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
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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Joint NGO Submission on Implementation of European Court Judgments

A submission by the Open Society Justice Initiative and other human rights groups to the Council of Europe working party on reform of the European human rights system.

December 11, 2015
First page of PDF with filename: joint-letter-brussels-declaration-20151211.pdf
Briefing Paper

The Application of the “Significant Disadvantage” Criterion by the European Court of Human Rights

An overview of the application by the European Court of Human Rights of the “significant disadvantage” criterion for admissability introduced by Protocol 14 in 2010.

November 2015
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-echr-significant-disadvantage-20151120.pdf
Briefing Paper

Summary of ECHR Judgments Presented to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

Summaries of 26 judgments of the European Court of Human Rights presented to the ministerial committee that oversees the implementation of the court's rulings.

November 20, 2015
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-summary-echr-judgment-com-20151120.pdf
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