Topic: Rule of Law
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.
Guatemala Must Continue Its Commitment to Combat Corruption and Impunity
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has violated his country’s agreement with the United Nations by preventing the head of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) from reentering the country.
Open Society Justice Initiative and Namati Launch Guide to Document Citizenship for Stateless People
A new guidebook, created through a partnership between the Open Society Foundations, Namati, and the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, seeks to help the 1.1 billion people who lack access to crucial identification documents.
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.
Independent Expert Panel Assesses Candidates for 2018 Inter-American Court of Human Rights
The creation of an independent panel to review the selection process for the Inter-American human rights system is part of a continuing effort by civil society groups to promote transparency.
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.
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.
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.
UN Human Rights Body Urged to Respond to Hungary’s Assault on NGOs
The Open Society Justice Initiative says Hungary’s campaign against independent civil society groups seeks to “stifle and eliminate critical voices.”
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.
International Rights Groups Urge Mexico’s President to Veto Flawed Security Law
A proposed new security law in Mexico will regularize the role of the armed forces in domestic law enforcement with no significant civilian oversight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Independent Experts Assess Candidates for Inter-American Human Rights Commission
The six national nominees competing this June for three vacant positions at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will be assessed by an independent panel of experts.