Topic: Rule of Law


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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Briefing Paper

Joint Submission on International Standards for Regulating the Use of Force

A submission to the Human Rights Committee from the Open Society Justice Initiative and four other rights groups on the interpretation of human rights law on the use of force.

November 01, 2017
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With NGOs Under Attack, the European Union Needs an Early Action Plan

The European Union’s commitment to a “sharper and more coherent” effort to support embattled civil society groups around the world requires a bold and structured approach.

June 29, 2017 | Kersty McCourt

Strategic Litigation Impacts: Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights

This comparative study examines the ways indigenous communities in Malaysia, Paraguay, and Kenya and their advocates are using litigation in an effort to defend their rights and win compensation.

April 2017
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Finding a Way Out of Legal Limbo in the Dominican Republic

Community-based paralegals are helping people of Haitian descent secure the legal identity documents that affirm their citizenship.

April 19, 2017 | Cassandre Theano
Women and girls outside a small house

Understanding National Progress: A Cross Regional Exchange on Access to Justice

A summary a meeting organized by the Open Society Justice Initiative in Washington, D.C., in October 2016, which focused on developing effective measurements for access to justice.

April 2017
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How Access to Justice Can Stop a Problem from Turning into a Crisis

To shape effective policy, we need to know more about the direct and indirect social and economic costs of unresolved legal problems.

February 17, 2017 | Peter Chapman & Zaza Namoradze
A row of apartment buildings

Time for Transparency in the Machinery of Global Rights

A drive for transparency over the selection of the next UN Secretary General reflects similar efforts by civil society in the global human rights system.

August 09, 2016 | Christian De Vos

Legal Access for All: But Who Pays for It?

If the vision of equal access to justice for all is to become a reality, more countries around the world will need a sustainable nationwide system for legal services.

June 29, 2016 | Lotta Teale

Scaling Up on Legal Empowerment

Basic legal services and advice should be available to all. A new Open Society initiative is trying to make that a reality in nine target countries.

April 22, 2016 | Zaza Namoradze
Window at a legal clinic
Briefing Paper

Implementing ECHR Protocol 16 on Advisory Opinions

This legal briefing provides a summary of some of the proposed changes to the Rules of Procedure of the European Court of Human Rights intended to implement Protocol 16 to the Convention on advisory opinions.

March 2016
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In Mexico, Many Deaths in Custody but Few Investigations

In Mexico, the problem of deaths in custody―and the failure to investigate them―is particularly acute.

January 14, 2016 | Adriana García

Joint NGO Submission on Implementation of European Court Judgments

A submission by the Open Society Justice Initiative and other human rights groups to the Council of Europe working party on reform of the European human rights system.

December 11, 2015
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Briefing Paper

The Application of the “Significant Disadvantage” Criterion by the European Court of Human Rights

An overview of the application by the European Court of Human Rights of the “significant disadvantage” criterion for admissability introduced by Protocol 14 in 2010.

November 2015
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Briefing Paper

Summary of ECHR Judgments Presented to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

Summaries of 26 judgments of the European Court of Human Rights presented to the ministerial committee that oversees the implementation of the court's rulings.

November 20, 2015
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-summary-echr-judgment-com-20151120.pdf

Shining a Light on the Selection of Mexico’s Supreme Court Judges

Mexico’s top court wields considerable influence, yet the process of selecting and approving its judges remains opaque.

November 10, 2015 | Adriana García
Judges in a courtroom.
Briefing Paper

Appointment of Supreme Court Judges in Mexico: International Standards and Best Practice

This briefing paper presents a summary of criteria and transparent practices for the selection of senior judges, drawing on international and national law, standards and practice.

November 2015
First page of PDF with filename: briefing-mexican-court-transparency-20150911-Eng.pdf

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.

September 14, 2015 | Sumaiya Islam

Pretrial Detention of Juveniles: As Common as It Is Wrong

The extended pretrial detention of juveniles should be a seldom-used measure of last resort, not the sadly common practice it is today.

September 01, 2015 | Marina Ilminska

Washington’s Human Rights Award for Azimjan Askarov Sparks Kyrgyzstan’s Anger

An angry response from the government of Kyrgyzstan to a U.S. human rights award highlights its refusal to address the legacy of interethnic violence that erupted in the south of the country in 2010.

July 30, 2015 | Masha Lisitsyna & Alexandra Cherkasenko
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