Anti-Corruption Litigation in the Supreme Court of India
An examination of the role of India's Supreme Court in NGO efforts to expose and punish corruption involving high-ranking government officials.
Standing Doctrine and Anticorruption Litigation: A Survey
A brief overview of the application of the doctrine of legal standing in a number of jurisdictions, and its implications for private anticorruption litigation.
Two Steps Forward in the Patient Pursuit of Ill-Gotten Gains
Arrests in Panama and Spain highlight the role civil society can play in fighting the corruption and illicit financial flows now targeted in the new global development goals.
Global Goals: The Challenge for Justice and Rights Advocates
If we believe that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development presents a genuine political opportunity to achieve change, some of us at least may have to adopt a different approach.
Broken Justice in Mexico’s Guerrero State
This report analyzes the structural deficiencies of the justice system in Mexico’s Guerrero state—flaws that have enabled perpetrators of violence to operate with almost absolute impunity.
Repatriating Stolen Assets: Potential Funding for Sustainable Development
This background briefing was prepared for “We Want Our Money Back,” a civil society side-event at the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development, Addis Ababa, in July, 2015.
Mexico’s Federal Prosecutor Must End Secrecy over San Fernando Massacres
Under Mexico’s new information laws, the federal prosecutors are not allowed to keep files on human rights abuses secret.
Ensure Space for Civil Society at the U.S.–Africa Leaders Summit
If U.S. and African governments are serious about using the summit to foster meaningful trade and development, civil society must be afforded a seat at the table.
Now You See Him, Now You Don’t: Switzerland’s Troubling Gaydamak Affair
Arcadi Gaydamak is on the run from a three-year prison sentence in France, linked to the Angolagate arms-for-oil scandal. Switzerland arrested him; then let him go.
The Criminal Complaint against Switzerland's Argor-Heraeus S.A.
The Justice Initiative is supporting a criminal complaint against a Swiss gold refiner, which accuses the company of illegally processing gold pillaged from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Equatorial Guinea: Teodorin’s Celebrations Seem Premature
Equatorial Guinea’s presidential heir apparent, Teodorin Nguema Obiang remains the focus of international investigations into corruption, despite claims to the contrary.
Justice Initiatives: Legal Empowerment
Eight case studies look at how legal empowerment projects can reduce poverty and help people realize their rights; with a forward by George Soros.
The Tshwane Principles on National Security and the Right to Information: An Overview in 15 Points
A 15-point summary of the Tshwane Principles, which address the question of how to ensure public access to government information without jeopardizing legitimate efforts to combat national security threats.
Whistleblowers and Secrets: Twelve Principles
A new set of global principles addresses the question of how to ensure public access to government information, without jeopardizing legitimate efforts to protect people from national security threats.
Understanding the Tshwane Principles
A question-and-answer introduction to the new Global Principles on National Security and the Right to Information.
The Global Principles on National Security and the Right to Information (The Tshwane Principles)
The Tshwane Principles offer global standards on how to ensure the fullest possible public access to information, while protecting legitimate national security concerns.
Arguments: Corruption as a Threat to the Rule of Law
Erica Razook, of the Open Society Justice Initiative, told the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) that large-scale money-laundering is a threat to human rights and the rule of law.
Fact Sheet: Pretrial Detention and the Risk of Torture
Of the nearly ten million people in detention around the world, those held before trial or conviction are most at risk of torture.
Fact Sheet: Pretrial Detention and Corruption
Locking up prisoners for extended periods while awaiting trial feeds corruption; bribes are needed for food and water, for blankets and even to see a lawyer.
Magnitsky v. Russia
Sergei Magnitsky died in pretrial detention in Russia after being denied essential medical care, in retaliation for exposing a $230m fraud involving senior Interior Ministry officials.