Topic: Access to Justice

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Q&A: Using the Law to Confront Poverty in India

Colin Gonsalves talks to James A. Goldston of the Open Society Justice Initiative about his approach to using the law to achieve social and economic change.

August 20, 2019
Colin Gonsalves speaking at a dinner in New York in October, 2015.
Voices

A New Guide Shows the Way Forward on Expanding Access to Justice

A new guide produced by the Open Society Justice Initiative with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) provides a road-map for the development of national tools to assess and improve access to justice.

June 18, 2019 | Peter Chapman & Zaza Namoradze
Two women reading paperwork together.
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Volunteer Lawyers Give New Direction to Nigerian Legal Aid Initiative

In the town of Ikorodu, local lawyers are delivering free legal aid to detainees within 48 hours of arrest and joining an effort to steer people charged with nonviolent crimes away from unnecessary detention.

February 13, 2019 | Stanley Ibe
Three men in a police station
Publication

A Community-Based Practitioner’s Guide: Documenting Citizenship and Other Forms of Legal Identity

This guide provides instructions on how to establish a community-based paralegal program to help people document citizenship and other forms of legal identity.

June 2018
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How Small Data Can Improve Access to Justice for the Poor

Collective data drawn from individual case work can be used to identify what does and doesn’t work in improving access to justice for all.

May 02, 2018 | Matthew Burnett & Tom Walker
A person walking through the door of an office
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
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How Do We Measure Access to Justice? A Global Survey of Legal Needs Shows the Way

The World Justice Project’s new survey, Global Insights on Access to Justice, is the first of its kind to try to understand global access to civil, rather than criminal, justice.

March 16, 2018 | Peter Chapman & Alejandro Ponce
A man standing next to bicycle
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Nigeria’s Legal Aid Lawyers Win Police Recognition

A legal aid scheme that targets Nigeria’s excessive use of pretrial detention is primed to expand across the country.

September 28, 2017 | Stanley Ibe
Two men inside a jail
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Kenya’s Nubian Minority Pushes Forward for Equal Treatment

Efforts to ensure that Kenya’s Nubian community can secure proof of citizenship are being pursued both on the ground, and through Africa’s human rights system.

May 15, 2017 | Laura Bingham
An identity card held in a woman's hands
Voices

Finding a Way Out of Legal Limbo in the Dominican Republic

Community-based paralegals are helping people of Haitian descent secure the legal identity documents that affirm their citizenship.

April 19, 2017 | Cassandre Theano
Women and girls outside a small house
Report

Understanding National Progress: A Cross Regional Exchange on Access to Justice

A summary a meeting organized by the Open Society Justice Initiative in Washington, D.C., in October 2016, which focused on developing effective measurements for access to justice.

April 2017
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How Access to Justice Can Stop a Problem from Turning into a Crisis

To shape effective policy, we need to know more about the direct and indirect social and economic costs of unresolved legal problems.

February 17, 2017 | Peter Chapman & Zaza Namoradze
A row of apartment buildings
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The European Union Embraces a Common Approach to Legal Aid

A new directive establishes minimum standards on legal aid, and caps a successful effort to standardize criminal justice procedures across member states.

October 19, 2016 | Zaza Namoradze
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Legal Access for All: But Who Pays for It?

If the vision of equal access to justice for all is to become a reality, more countries around the world will need a sustainable nationwide system for legal services.

June 29, 2016 | Lotta Teale
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New Guidelines Seek to Humanize Africa’s Justice Systems

A push to reform pretrial detention standards in Africa could change not only policies and practices, but attitudes as well.

April 25, 2016 | Stanley Ibe
Animated still
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Scaling Up on Legal Empowerment

Basic legal services and advice should be available to all. A new Open Society initiative is trying to make that a reality in nine target countries.

April 22, 2016 | Zaza Namoradze
Window at a legal clinic
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Raising the Profile of Pretrial Detention in Africa

Many of the continent’s prison systems are in a state of crisis, burdened with overcrowding and an inability or unwillingness to protect the human rights of prisoners.

April 21, 2016 | Marina Ilminska & Martin Schoenteich
Woman talks to a prisoner through bars
Publication

Strengthening Pretrial Justice: A Guide to the Effective Use of Indicators

This guide proposes a methodical approach toward developing and deploying empirically based indicators to identify exemplary and problematic pretrial practices.

January 2016
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Pretrial Detention of Juveniles: As Common as It Is Wrong

The extended pretrial detention of juveniles should be a seldom-used measure of last resort, not the sadly common practice it is today.

September 01, 2015 | Marina Ilminska
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Nigeria’s Bold Legislative Agenda for Pretrial Justice Reform

A new law on the administration of justice in Nigeria offers an unprecedented opportunity to address fundamental problems with the pretrial process.

July 23, 2015 | Stanley Ibe
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