Topic: Rule of Law

Advocacy update

New Legal Opinion Calls on EU to Act on Hungary’s Emergency COVID-19 Laws

The Open Society Justice Initiative and Blackstone Chambers released a legal opinion on Hungary’s Authorization Act and associated decrees, calling on the European Union to hold Hungary accountable for violations of EU law.

June 08, 2020
Voices

How NGOs, Journalists, and Courtroom Eyewitnesses can Strengthen Reporting on Atrocity Crimes Trials

Trial monitors play an important role in keeping the public informed of events in the courtroom. The Justice Initiative’s Monitoring Atrocity Crimes Trials: A Guide, offers clear guidance on what to monitor and how to convey important information.

May 29, 2020 | Taegin Reisman
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Advocacy update

Human Rights Groups Alert U.N. to Alarming Actions by Mexican Prosecutors

More than 120 human rights groups and individuals are warning the U.N. about alarming trends emerging from Mexico’s new national Prosecutor General’s Office and the State’s Prosecution services.

April 02, 2020
Voices

Excellence, not Politics, should Choose the Judges at the ICC

Nominations and elections of judicial candidates at the International Criminal Court often overlook merit-based considerations in favor of political interests. It's time for reform.

October 28, 2019 | Yassir Al-Khudayri and Christian De Vos
View of the International Criminal Court.
Publication

Raising the Bar: Improving the Nomination and Election of Judges to the International Criminal Court

There are currently significant flaws in the way that the member states of the International Criminal Court identify and elect judges to the court, leading to the election of less-qualified candidates, and a bench dominated by a handful of states.

October 28, 2019
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Voices

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.
Voices

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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Voices

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
Advocacy update

In Light of U.N. Khashoggi Investigation, Open Society Justice Initiative Renews Calls for Accountability

A new UN report calls for the an international criminal investigation into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, underlining the importance of efforts by the Justice Initiative to secure the release of all U.S. government documents relating to the case.

June 19, 2019
Press release

Independent Panel Finds Only Three of Five Inter-American Human Rights Commission Candidates Qualified for Office

Two out of five candidates for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights are unqualified for office, a new report by independent experts finds.

June 07, 2019
Voices

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
Advocacy update

Civil Society Organizations Criticize anti-CICIG statement from OAS Secretary General

Civil society groups express dismay over ‘misguided’ tweet from Luis Almagro, secretary general of the Office of American States, regarding the work of the Guatemala's UN-backed anticorruption commission.

April 12, 2019
Press release

Independent Panel Will Again Assess Candidates to the Inter-American Human Rights Commission

While member states fail to act, civil society groups are again backing an independent review of candidates for one of the world's most influential human rights bodies.

April 02, 2019
Press release

Open Society Justice Initiative Joins Calls to Protect Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Cutting U.S. funding would imperil a key international tool for upholding human rights, a coalition of civil society groups claims.

March 01, 2019
Voices

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
Voices

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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Voices

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
Voices

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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