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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.

September 04, 2012
First page of PDF with filename: litigation-digest-CAT4142-12-09-04.pdf
Briefing Paper

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.

September 04, 2012
First page of PDF with filename: litigation-digest-CAT4344-12-09-04.pdf
Briefing Paper

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.

July 02, 2012
First page of PDF with filename: lep-working-paper-20120701.pdf
Briefing Paper

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.

April 2012
First page of PDF with filename: echr-reform-qanda-4-3-12-2.pdf
Briefing Paper

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.

October 27, 2011
First page of PDF with filename: goldston-pretrial-20111027.pdf
Fact Sheet

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.

December 2010
First page of PDF with filename: improving-pretrial-justice-lawyers-paralegals-20120710.pdf
Publication

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.

December 2010
First page of PDF with filename: OSJI-Paralegal-Manual-US-11-05-2014.pdf
Report

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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