Topic: Rule of Law
New Panel Assesses Candidates ahead of Inter-American Human Rights Vote
An independent panel legal experts is urging the Organization of American States to adopt a more transparent approach to selecting judges and commissioners for the inter-American human rights court and commission.
Guatemala Recommits to Battle against Criminal Impunity
Extending the work of a UN-backed commission in Guatemala that fights corruption and organized criminality will reinforce efforts to strengthen the rule of law, the Open Society Justice Initiative said.
An Action Plan to Strengthen the Execution of European Human Rights Rulings
Civil society groups have set out a ten-point action plan aimed at strengthening the execution of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.
In New Article, Goldston Considers Need for Fresh Approach to Rule of Law Reform
Open Society Justice Initiative executive director James A. Goldston discusses the need for a new approach to rule of law reform, emphasizing local expertise and mutual learning between the global north and south.
New Report from Turkey Finds Accused Lack Legal Representation
An empirical study of legal aid in Istanbul jointly undertaken by the Open Society Justice Initiative and Istanbul Bilgi University found that only 10 percent of criminal defendants in Istanbul are represented by a lawyer.
Legal Aid Law Adopted in Moldova
The Moldovan parliament voted unanimously to approve a new legal aid law developed by a working group which benefited from extensive consultations with the Open Society Justice Initiative.
New Legal Aid Law Adopted in Georgia
A new legal aid law adopted in Georgia introduces a full-fledged model of public defenders as legal aid providers, a development praised by the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Open Society Justice Initiative Organizes Southeast Asia Clinical Legal Education Conference
The first university legal clinic in Cambodia, organized by the Open Society Justice Initiative, will provide a forum to discuss opportunities and challenges for creating clinical legal education programs at Southeast Asian universities.
Lithuanian Parliament Revamps Legal Aid
A new law in Lithuania establishes countrywide system of legal assistance for the poor, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative.
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.
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.
European Court Complaint Challenges Russia over Death of Anticorruption Whistle-Blower
The mother of Sergei Magnitsky, the Russian anticorruption whistle-blower who died in detention in November 2009, is taking the search for justice for her son’s death to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.