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Briefing Paper

Contesting Neutrality Dress Codes in Europe

This briefing paper aims to support Muslim women, campaigners, litigators, and other stakeholders challenging discriminatory and exclusionary religious dress bans by deconstructing the concept of neutrality and analyzing its treatment by various courts.

March 29, 2022
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-paper-contesting-neutrality-03182022.pdf
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Restrictions on Muslim Women's Dress in the 27 EU Member States and the United Kingdom

This policy brief and accompanying fact sheet map EU and UK laws and pending legislation restricting religious dress—specifically the headscarf and face veil worn by Muslim women.

March 2022
First page of PDF with filename: policy-brief-restrictions-on-muslim-women's-dress-03252022.pdf
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From Spectators to Champions: How Supportive States Can Promote Cooperation with the International Criminal Court through Multilateral Bodies

This briefing paper offers recommendations as to how the ICC should approach cooperation challenges, as well as how states that are supportive of its work could leverage multilateral bodies’ support to influence reluctant governments to cooperate with the ICC.

February 28, 2022
First page of PDF with filename: justice-initiative-ICC-state-cooperation-briefing-paper_02282022.pdf

Denmark’s Discriminatory “Ghetto Package”: Demographic Reports on Nøjsomhed-Sydvej, Helsingor, and Evicted Households

Reports by the Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research at Aarhus University analyze demographic trends in Nøjsomhed-Sydvejand, a neighborhood in Denmark designated as a "ghetto" under the government's controversial "Ghetto Package," and three comparator areas, as well as the demographics of 96 forcibly-evicted households in Nøjsomhed-Sydvejand.

February 10, 2022
First page of PDF with filename: report-nøjsomhed-sydvej-and-three-comparator-areas_102021.pdf

2020–2021 International Criminal Court Prosecutor Election Process: Insights and Recommendations for Future Elections

Building on the Justice Initiative’s advocacy efforts to improve election and nomination procedures throughout the International Criminal Court, and drawing on a range of interviews conducted with individuals engaged in the process, this paper reflects on the prosecutor’s election and offers guidance on how it can be improved.

November 10, 2021
First page of PDF with filename: icc-prosecutor-election-process_insights-and-recommendations-for-future-elections_112021.pdf

Implementing Human Rights Decisions: Reflections, Successes, and New Directions

This publication takes stock of the growth and change in the field of human rights implementation, and how to ensure legal decisions can be realized.

July 2021
First page of PDF with filename: implementing-human-rights-decisions-20210721.pdf
Briefing Paper

European States’ Obligations to Repatriate the Children Detained in Camps in Northeast Syria

This legal briefing paper provides information to assist practitioners in advocating and litigating for the repatriation of children who are detained in northeast Syria and whose parents are European nationals possibly affiliated with ISIS.

July 2021
First page of PDF with filename: european-states’-obligations-to-repatriate-the-children-detained-in-camps-in-northeast-syria-20210722.pdf

2021 Global Human Rights Litigation Report

Summaries of over 60 strategic litigation rulings in cases undertaken by the Open Society Justice Initiative to defend and strengthen human rights around the world.

June 22, 2021
First page of PDF with filename: litigation-global-report-06222021.pdf
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