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South Africa: Public Trust Theory as the Basis for Resource Corruption Litigation

South Africa’s 1994 Constitution has led to statutes that incorporate the doctrine of public trust into environmental and natural resources law—strengthening potential legal remedies for challenging corruption.

August 2016
First page of PDF with filename: legal-remedies-6-schyff-20160802.pdf
Briefing Paper

Employer’s Bar on Religious Clothing and European Union Discrimination Law

The Open Society Justice Initiative calls on the Court of Justice of the European Union to rule that equality law is violated when an employer on the grounds of “neutrality”—bans its staff from wearing any religious clothing.

July 2016
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-cjeu-headscarves-20160712.pdf
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Legal Remedies for Victims of Bribery under United States Law

The U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has enabled "follow on" claims from foreign governments and others who suffer losses as a result of corrupt dealings. But many questions about the status of such claims remain open.

June 2016
First page of PDF with filename: legal-remedies-5-messick-20160601_0.pdf
Report

Undeniable Atrocities: Confronting Crimes against Humanity in Mexico

This report argues there is a “reasonable basis” to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed against civilians in Mexico over the past decade.

June 2016
First page of PDF with filename: undenialble-atrocities-2nd-edition-20160808.pdf
Fact Sheet

International Crimes

What is the difference between “ordinary” crimes and crimes against humanity? When lawyers talk about international law, what does that mean?

June 2016
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Private Prosecutions: A Potential Anticorruption Tool in English Law

Private prosecution may offer opportunities in combating corruption, when the criminal actor is part of the state, and state actors may be reluctant to act.

May 2016
First page of PDF with filename: legal-remedies-4-edmonds-jugnarain-20160505.pdf
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Lessons from Qui Tam Litigation in the United States

Private whistleblower legal complaints, or qui tam actions, have been successful in the United States, but it is a challenging model to emulate.

April 2016 | David Kwok
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Report

Strategic Litigation Impacts: Roma School Desegregation

This study examines the role of strategic litigation in efforts to end discrimination against Roma school children in Greece, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.

March 2016 | Adriána Zimová
First page of PDF with filename: strategic-litigation-impacts-roma-school-desegration-20160407.pdf
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