Topic: Rule of Law

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Almost a Decade after his Death, Sergei Magnitsky Gets a Measure of Justice

The ruling from Europe's human rights court validates the underlying rationale for the laws adopted by the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and some other countries to impose sanctions on designated individuals implicated in gross human rights abuses.

August 27, 2019 | Aryeh Neier
The tombstone at the grave of lawyer Sergey Magnitsky at a cemetery in Moscow, Russia, on November 16, 2012.
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To Strengthen the Rule of Law, Protect the Independence of Prosecutors

The case of Laura Codruţa Kövesi at the European Court of Human Rights underlines the importance of prosecutorial independence in protecting the rule of law.

July 10, 2019 | Maïté De Rue
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Interview: Why the OAS Faces a Credibility Test over its Human Rights Commission

Professor Judith Schönsteiner, a leading Chilean jurist, discusses the challenge facing the Organization of American States: there are more seats available to fill at the Inter-American Human Rights Commission than there are qualified candidates.

June 27, 2019
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Case Watch: UK Supreme Court Provides Gateway for Zambian Farmers and Corporate Accountability

The UK Supreme Court has given poor Zambian claimants the right to sue a global mining behemoth in English courts.

May 03, 2019 | Erika Dailey
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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
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International Prosecutors Fought Corruption in Guatemala. Now They’ve Been Ordered Out

The United States is acquiescing in the destruction of one of the few institutions that has shown success in targeting the main causes of Guatemala’s dysfunction.

January 10, 2019 | Eric Witte
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Hungary’s Anti-NGO Tax Law Violates Free Speech and Freedom of Association

The Venice Commission, Europe’s leading body of legal experts on democracy and the rule of law, has called on Hungary to repeal a 25 percent tax on NGOs working on migration issues.

December 18, 2018 | Daniela Ikawa
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Using the Courts to Change the World: Insights from Experience

A new report by the Open Society Justice Initiative offers an unprecedented overview of strategic human rights litigation around the world, and offers eight lessons for success.

November 26, 2018 | Erika Dailey
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Briefing Paper

Legal Analysis: Hungary’s Special Tax on Migration-Related Activities

A summary legal analysis of Hungary’s law imposing a special tax on migration-related activities and financing.

November 2018
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Report

Strategic Litigation Impacts: Insights from Global Experience

Drawing on years of field-based research, this report takes an unprecedented, empirical look at the impacts of strategic human rights litigation.

October 2018
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How International Justice Can Go Local

Over 30 national and regional initiatives have been launched to prosecute mass atrocity crimes since the early 1990s. A comprehensive new survey looks at the lessons learned.

October 04, 2018 | Eric Witte
A man with prosthetic arms holding a tissue to his face
Briefing Paper

Legal Analysis of Hungary’s Anti-NGO Bill

This briefing paper analyzes legislation passed by the Hungarian parliament that criminalizes efforts by civil society groups to offer support to refugees and migrants.

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
Publication

A Toolkit for Drafting Complaints to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and Committee Against Torture

This manual for human rights activists and lawyers seeks to develop their skills in using litigation as one of the tools to combat torture, cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment and punishment.

April 2018
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Publication

Civil Society and the Copenhagen Declaration on Reform of the European Court of Human Rights

Remarks delivered by James A. Goldston, executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative, on the response of civil society to Denmark's proposed reforms of the European Court of Human Rights.

April 11, 2018 | James A. Goldston
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Briefing Paper

European Union Law and Romanian Draft Law 140/2017 on Associations and Foundations

This briefing paper considers the extent to which a proposed new Romanian law on the management of civil society organizations would violate provisions of European Union law.

February 2018
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How Data Is Helping in the Struggle for the Right to Education in South Africa

Winning a court ruling alone was not enough to ensure that schoolchildren in the impoverished Eastern Cape province of South Africa have decent desks and chairs.

December 08, 2017 | Allison Corkery
A boy writing numbers in the sand
Litigation

Huseynov v. Azerbaijan

Emin Huseynov, an Azerbaijani journalist, argues that a declaration renouncing his nationality—made under duress—cannot be used by the government to revoke his citizenship.

Last update: December 07, 2017
Report

Strategic Litigation Impacts: Torture in Custody

This study looks at how activists in Argentina, Kenya, and Turkey have sought to use the courts to secure remedies for torture victims and survivors, bring those responsible to justice, and enforce and strengthen the law.

November 14, 2017
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Report

Strengthening from Within: Law and Practice in the Selection of Human Rights Judges and Commissioners

This joint report shines a light on the processes that governments use to nominate and select human rights judges and commissioners.

November 2017
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