Topic: Rule of Law


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
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Press release

Rights Groups Urge Mexico to Adopt Proposed Advisory Council to Fight Impunity

The Mexican government is being urged to include international as well as Mexican experts in an advisory council that would spearhead the fight against impunity.

October 24, 2016

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
Press release

Azerbaijan Challenged Over Deprivation of Citizenship

A leading Azerbaijani journalist and rights defender, Emin Huseynov, is asking the European Court of Human Rights to rule that he has been wrongly stripped of his citizenship.

January 13, 2016

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
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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
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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
Press release

New Report: Time to Rebuild Rule of Law in Mexico’s Guerrero State

An assessment of the justice system in Mexico’s Guerrero state has underlined the systematic failure to investigate and prosecute the grave crimes of murder, torture and enforced disappearance.

September 02, 2015

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
Briefing Paper

Case Digests: Recent Remedies Decisions from the European Court of Human Rights

This digest sets out summaries of decisions of the European Court of Human Rights with regard to awards of individual and general measures under Article 46 from January 2013 to December 2014.

July 08, 2015
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Case Watch: Judicial Activism at the European Court of Human Rights

Over the last decade the Strasbourg court has become increasingly comfortable recommending and ordering the measures that governments need to take to address breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights.

July 08, 2015 | Casey Rubinoff

More Than a Decade after Kalashnikov, Russian Prisons Still Abysmal

An avalanche of European Court judgments has condemned Russian prisons as inhuman and degrading, but conditions remain at odds with basic human rights standards guaranteed by the European Convention.

June 24, 2015 | Marina Van Riel
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