Topic: Access to Justice
Askarov v. Kyrgyzstan
Azimjan Askarov, now in his sixties, was detained and tortured by police in the aftermath of ethic violence in June, 2010. He was given a life prison sentence after a manifestly unfair trial.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.