Read and download reports, handbooks, briefing papers, legal and policy submissions, and fact sheets from the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Case Digests: UN Committee against Torture, November 2008 and May 2009
Read short summaries of the decisions and views which the UN Committee against Torture took on individual communications at its 41st and 42nd sessions, held respectively in November 2008 and May 2009.
Case Digests: UN Committee against Torture, November 2009 and May 2010
Read short summaries of the decisions and views which the UN Committee against Torture took at its 43rd and 44th sessions, held respectively in November 2009 and May 2010.
Legal Empowerment: An Integrated Approach to Justice and Development
This working paper sets out Open Society Foundations’ vision of how legal empowerment can support development and justice by ensuring that the law is not confined to books or courtrooms, but is available to everyone.
Q & A: Reform of the European Court of Human Rights
As the 47 members of the Council of Europe, this briefing sets out the background issues for journalists and others in question and answer form.
Pretrial Justice: Ensuring Fair Treatment for the Poor
James A. Goldston, executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative, set out a range of steps needed to ensure fair treatment of the poor by national justice systems during a meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Improving Pretrial Justice: The Role of Lawyers and Paralegals
There are many causes for the global over-use of pretrial detention, but there are also cost-effective solutions. As this fact sheet outlines, early intervention by lawyers and paralegals can have a positive impact.
Community-Based Paralegals: A Practitioner’s Guide
This how-to guide provides information on all aspects of establishing and operating a community-based paralegal program, from assessing a community’s needs to training paralegals and resolving justice problems.
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.