Topic: Criminal Justice

Briefing Paper

Lawyer at the Police Station Door: How REPLACE Provides Legal Aid in Nigeria

This 12-page illustrated brochure summarizes the successes achieved by a project that used duty solicitors to give detainees in Nigerian police stations early access to legal advice.

March 2015
First page of PDF with filename: pretrial-justice-brochure-nigeria-20150316_0.pdf
Briefing Paper

Innovative Efforts, Proven Results: How Timap for Justice Provides Legal Aid in Sierra Leone

This 12-page illustrated brochure summarizes the successes achieved by a community paralegal project in Sierra Leone that focused on providing front-line legal aid to pretrial detainees.

March 2015
First page of PDF with filename: pretrial-justice-brochure-sierraleone-20150316.pdf

Changing Places: A Former Prosecutor on the Grand Jury

After serving on a grand jury in Brooklyn, New York, a former federal prosecutor reflects on the experience, and sees a need for reform.

February 25, 2015 | James A. Goldston
Press release

Mexico Must Address “Widespread” Enforced Disappearances

The Open Society Justice Initiative is urging the Mexican government to respond positively to a highly critical international assessment of its response to a continuing epidemic of enforced disappearances.

February 13, 2015
Briefing Paper

Legal Aid in Europe: Minimum Requirements under International Law

This briefing paper summarizes the current minimum international legal standards on the right to legal aid, drawing on European human rights law and global principles and standards.

April 2015
First page of PDF with filename: ee-legal-aid-standards-20150427.pdf

Case Watch: ECHR and UK Find a Compromise on “Whole Life” Sentences

An ECHR ruling on “whole life sentences” shows how a heated confrontation with the UK has been resolved through constructive judicial dialogue.

February 04, 2015 | Marion Isobel

New Document Throws More Light on Mexico’s San Fernando Killings

A newly released document from the investigation into the 2010–11 massacres of migrants in San Fernando paints a picture of official connections to organized crime.

December 22, 2014 | Jesse Franzblau
Press release

European Rights Court Seeks Answers from Russia in Magnitsky Case

The European Court of Human Rights has taken up a complaint filed by the family of Sergei Magnitsky, the whistle-blowing Russian lawyer who died in 2009 while in pre-trial detention.

December 15, 2014

Judicial Independence Under Threat in Guatemala

Recent events have shown that Guatemala’s justice system is still subject to powerful political and economic interests.

November 11, 2014 | Emi MacLean

Justice in Guatemala: New Efforts, Continuing Threats

Almost 20 years after the end of Guatemala’s bitter civil war, victims of human rights atrocities are still waiting for offenders to be brought to justice. Their quest is now at a critical crossroads.

October 30, 2014 | Emi MacLean & Iris Portillo
Press release

European Court of Human Rights Calls on Spain to Strengthen Safeguards against Torture

The ruling in Etxebarria Caballero v. Spain emphasizes the obligations states have to protect suspects in police stations from torture and ill-treatment.

October 07, 2014

Case Watch: European Court Strengthens Anti-Torture Safeguards

A ruling on Spain’s use of incommunicado detention for terrorism suspects calls for safeguards to ensure that suspects are protected from the risk of torture.

October 07, 2014 | Marion Isobel

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.

September 25, 2014 | Jesse Franzblau & Emi MacLean

Why the Overuse of Pretrial Detention Is an Overlooked Human Rights Crisis

Every year, millions find themselves behind bars, awaiting trial on criminal charges—victims of what is perhaps the most overlooked human rights crisis of our time: the overuse of pretrial detention.

September 12, 2014 | Martin Schoenteich
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Presumption of Guilt: 15 Arresting Facts about the Overuse of Pretrial Detention

There are an estimated 3.3 million people in jails around the world awaiting trial, or the finalization of a trial, at any one time—roughly a third of the world’s prison population. Many don’t need to be there.

September 12, 2014 | Jonathan Birchall

Presumption of Guilt: The Global Overuse of Pretrial Detention

Combining statistical analysis, first-person accounts, graphics, and case studies of successful reforms, this report is the first ever global survey of the damage done by unnecessary and arbitrary pretrial detention.

September 2014
First page of PDF with filename: presumption-guilt-09032014.pdf

Moving Forwards a Global Vision for Legal Aid

The UN has recognized the vital role legal aid plays in delivering access to justice for all. Now it needs to monitor implementation of its Principles and Guidelines.

July 11, 2014 | Marina Ilminska & Zaza Namoradze

Effective Prosecution: Guatemala’s Public Ministry in an International Context

Remarks delivered at the launch of an independent assessment of reforms in prosecutorial procedures at Guatemala's Public Ministry.

July 08, 2014 | James A. Goldston
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Press release

Guatemala Urged to Continue Public Prosecutor Reforms

A new report says reforms at Guatemala’s Public Ministry have resulted in “a significant improvement in criminal prosecutions."

June 26, 2014

Young People, Race and the Police: Finding the Remix

Young people from 14 cities around the world are meeting to share ideas and experiences in the struggle to end discriminatory policing.

June 24, 2014 | Rachel Neild
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