Read and download reports, handbooks, briefing papers, legal and policy submissions, and fact sheets from the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Universal Jurisdiction in Sweden: Victims of Syria’s Chemical Weapons Attacks Demand Justice
This briefing paper explains the criminal complaints filed in Sweden on April 19, 2021, against the Syrian government for chemical weapons attacks in Al-Ghouta and Khan Shaykhun and the broader campaign for criminal accountability for chemical weapons use in Syria.
The Trial of Dominic Ongwen at the ICC: The Judgment
This paper summarizes the main issues in the trial of Dominic Ongwen, a former commander in the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group, including evidence presented by the prosecution, defense, and victims’ representatives.
Who Polices the Police? The Role of Independent Agencies in Criminal Investigations
This executive summary of a forthcoming briefing paper explores the efforts of independent investigative agencies (IIAs) to investigate and prosecute allegations of serious crimes against police and other state agents.
Protecting the Right to Housing During the COVID-19 Crisis
This briefing paper highlights the patchwork approach that States across the world have taken in order to protect the right to housing during the COVID-19 crisis, and examines the need for more comprehensive emergency legislation to prevent evictions during a global pandemic.
Model Emergency Housing Legislation: Protecting the Right to Housing during COVID-19
This comprehensive model emergency legislation, developed by the Open Society Justice Initiative, the Open Society Initiative for Europe, The Shift, and a coalition of human rights groups, consists of legal provisions that governments can use to protect the right to housing during the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis.
Electing the Next Judges of the International Criminal Court: Principles and Essential Skills
This briefing paper outlines the steps member states should prioritize during the elections of six new judges to the International Criminal Court to ensure the highest caliber candidates are elected.
The Right to Health Care in Prison during the COVID-19 Pandemic
This legal brief for legal practitioners and advocates details the international legal framework that governs the duty of states to protect the health and life of incarcerated persons during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What is Ethnic Profiling?
Ethnic profiling takes place when law enforcement targets people not because of what they have done, but who they are. This fact sheet outlines the impact that the discriminatory practice has on people's lives in Europe.