Topic: Economic Justice


Stopping Abusive Lending Practices in the EU

In response to the prevalence of predatory lending in the EU, the Justice Initiative supported domestic case building to compel states to enforce human rights protections to stop these abusive practices.

Last update: September 30, 2021

Tenants of Mjølnerparken v. Danish Ministry of Transport and Housing

Twelve Copenhagen residents have filed a lawsuit against the Danish government seeking a declaration that measures under the country’s so-called Ghetto Package are unlawful under EU law and the European Convention on Human Rights.

Last update: August 13, 2021
Press release

Justice Initiative Commends the Supreme Court for Declining to Immunize US Companies for International Law Violations Committed Abroad

The Supreme Court has ruled against enslaved children's bid to hold U.S. companies accountable for abusive labor practices, it also held that companies are not fully exempt—leaving open a route to greater corporate accountability.

June 17, 2021
Press release

Denmark’s Plan to Rebrand its Racist “Ghetto Package” Will Cause More Housing Evictions

The new proposal simply replaces the term “ghetto” with “parallel societies,” but also increases the number of areas covered by the legislation and includes a requirement to reduce those of “non-Western background” to a maximum of 30 percent within ten years.

March 19, 2021

COVID-19 Will Lead to Long-Term Housing Insecurity. Governments Must Step In.

Housing crises are ticking time bombs that are being fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic. If ignored, they will have major social and political consequences worldwide.

March 18, 2021 | Padraic Kenna and Marguerite Angelari
People gather for a protest for housing security in New York City.
Press release

Housing Groups Call on Governments to Adopt Comprehensive Legislation to Ensure Housing during COVID-19

The Open Society Justice Initiative and the Open Society Initiative for Europe have joined The Shift and a coalition of human rights groups in unveiling comprehensive model emergency legislation to protect the right to housing during the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis.

December 08, 2020
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Supports Renewed Calls by Amazon Workers for COVID-19 Safety Measures

Open Society Justice Initiative stands with workers who argue that Amazon has resumed prioritizing productivity rates of warehouse workers over basic health and safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 23, 2020
Advocacy update

Migrant Farmworkers in Greece Remain Unprotected After Disappointing Council of Europe Decision

The Open Society Justice Initiative is expressing concern over a decision to suspend Greece's obligation to make labor policy changes that would protect migrant farmworkers.

September 17, 2020

Toxic Forest Fires and COVID-19 Could Be a Deadly Combination in Southeast Asia

Yearly toxic smog from tropical forest and peatland fires in Indonesia, which spill into Malaysia and Singapore, could exacerbate the COVID-19 pandemic. The government and agri-businesses must change course now to avert this manufactured disaster.

July 28, 2020 | Etelle Higonnet & Erika Dailey
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Advocacy update

Amazon Workers' COVID-19 Lawsuit in New York Helps Protect Workers Across the U.S.

A worker lawsuit has led Amazon to change its national corporate policy, allowing workers in warehouses to take the necessary health and safety precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 16, 2020
Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Applauds Worker Suit against Amazon for COVID-19 Labor Conditions

Workers and family members of workers at Amazon’s JFK8 fulfillment center in Staten Island, New York have filed a lawsuit to force changes to the company’s on-the-job and leave policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 03, 2020
Press release

Residents Sue Denmark Over Discriminatory “Ghetto Package” Eviction Plan

Twelve Copenhagen residents have filed a lawsuit against the Danish government seeking a declaration that measures under the country’s so-called Ghetto Package are unlawful under EU law and the European Convention on Human Rights.

May 27, 2020

Q&A: My Fight to Save My Home Under Denmark’s Harsh “Ghetto Plan”

In Denmark, Open Society Justice Initiative partnered with local residents to stop mass evictions and save their homes under the country’s controversial and discriminatory “Ghetto Package.”

May 27, 2020
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COVID-19 Poses a Threat to Justice. We Must Respond.

Read about the Open Society Justice Initiative's global work to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

April 27, 2020 | James A. Goldston
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Advocacy update

Justice Initiative Contributes to UN Expert Report on Private Debt and Human Rights

The Justice Initiative has contributed comments regarding EU law and mortgage default cases in Ireland and Romania to an upcoming UN Independent Expert report.

November 20, 2019

Using Human Rights to Challenge a Home Repossession Order in Romania

A Romanian court is being asked whether the safeguards of the European Union's rights charter apply when people face the loss of their home, after falling into arrears on mortgage payments.

July 26, 2019 | Marguerite Angelari & Zsolt Bobis
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Advocacy update

High Court in Ireland Confirms Protections of EU Law in Home Repossession

A ruling from Ireland highest civil court underlines the need for Irish courts to take into account the impact of home repossession on private and family life.

May 15, 2019

To Tackle Inequality, We Need New Thinking on Tax Havens

Three global trends require us to look more closely at how tax havens are distorting the the world’s economy and fueling growing economic inequalities.

July 02, 2018 | Ben Batros
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Losing their Land, Indigenous Peoples Turn to the Courts

Paraguay's Yakye Axa people lost control over their traditional forest lands to cattle ranchers and soy farms. A new report looks at their efforts to use litigation to claim compensation.

May 19, 2017 | David Berry
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Chowdury and others v. Greece

The European Court of Human Right found that a group of Bangladeshi strawberry pickers had been subjected to forced labor in Greece.

Last update: March 27, 2017
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