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Corruption that Kills: Why Mexico Needs an International Mechanism to Combat Impunity

This report argues Mexico needs an international response to investigate and prosecute atrocity crimes.

May 2018
First page of PDF with filename: corruption-that-kills-en-20180502.pdf

A Toolkit for Drafting Complaints to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and Committee Against Torture

This manual for human rights activists and lawyers seeks to develop their skills in using litigation as one of the tools to combat torture, cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment and punishment.

April 2018
First page of PDF with filename: litigation-toolkit-torture-20180427.pdf

Human Rights Litigation Practice Notes: Legal Writing for Human Rights Claims

A guide for human rights lawyers to the preparation of persuasive claims before the regional human rights courts and United Nations Treaty Bodies.

May 2018
First page of PDF with filename: litigation-practice-note-writing-20180427.pdf

Civil Society and the Copenhagen Declaration on Reform of the European Court of Human Rights

Remarks delivered by James A. Goldston, executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative, on the response of civil society to Denmark's proposed reforms of the European Court of Human Rights.

April 11, 2018 | James Goldston
First page of PDF with filename: james-goldston-remarks-on-copenhagen-declaration-on-reform-of-the-echr-20180411.pdf
Briefing Paper

Strengthening Access to Civil Justice with Legal Needs Surveys

This briefing paper argues that access to civil justice indicators should be included in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals measurement framework.

April 2018
First page of PDF with filename: strengthening-access-to-civil-justice-with-legal-needs-surveys-20180628.pdf
Briefing Paper

The Molina Theissen Trial in the Courts of Guatemala

Background information on the trial of former senior Guatemalan military officers over crimes against humanity allegedly committed against members of the Molina Theissen family in 1981.

February 2018
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-molina-thiessen-20180220.pdf

Submission to the UN Human Rights Committee Review of Hungary

This submission to the 122nd Session of the UN Human Rights Committee highlights the impact of Hungary’s ongoing anti-NGO campaign on its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

February 2018
First page of PDF with filename: submission-to-unhrc-hungary-20180212.pdf
Briefing Paper

European Union Law and Romanian Draft Law 140/2017 on Associations and Foundations

This briefing paper considers the extent to which a proposed new Romanian law on the management of civil society organizations would violate provisions of European Union law.

February 2018
First page of PDF with filename: romania-legal-briefing-20180205.pdf
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