Topic: Rule of Law


Time to Close the Circle: Development Needs Justice

UN member states are launching negotiations on global development goals for 2015-30. It is time to include targets for justice.

September 23, 2014 | James A. Goldston

Case Watch: A Tale of Two European Courts

Denied access to the Court of Justice of the European Union, a Tunisian migrant worker took his case against Italy to the European Court of Human Rights.

July 07, 2014 | Cristina Marian

Justice for Development: Integrating Justice and Human Rights into the Post-2015 Development Framework

In remarks delivered at the United Nations in New York, James A. Goldston of the Open Society Justice Initiative argues that justice and rights must be part of new global develoment targets.

June 10, 2014 | James A. Goldston
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Delivering Access to Justice in the Mountains of Pakistan

Two young women talk about their decision to train as community-based paralegals in Chitral, on Pakistan's remote northern border with Afghanistan.

June 09, 2014 | Lotta Teale

How Access to Justice Is Helping Women in Northern Pakistan

Community-based paralegals are helping young women and their families use the law to resolve problems arising from “down country” marriages.

May 28, 2014 | Lotta Teale

Ruziyev v. Republic of Uzbekistan

A survivor of the May 2005 massacre in Andijan, Uzbekistan, accuses the Uzbek authorities of subjecting him to torture and illegal detention in 2003 and 2004.

Last update: May 12, 2014

Bringing Justice to Education and Development in Nepal

Government funding for Dalit students in the Far-Western Region of Nepal wasn’t getting through. Then a community member with basic legal training started asking questions.

April 29, 2014 | Peter Chapman & Ananda Koirala

Turning the Tide Against Torture

President Obama can declassify a long-awaited report written by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the CIA's rendition, interrogation, and detention program.

April 08, 2014 | Amrit Singh

Guatemalan Judge Faces Retaliation over Role in Genocide Trial

Judge Yassmin Barrios presided over the genocide trial of Guatemala's former dictator Efrain Rios Montt. Now she is under attack by his allies.

April 07, 2014 | Emi MacLean
Fact Sheet

Justice 2015: Measuring Justice in the Post-2015 Development Framework

How access to information, legal identity, legal participation, and legal services could be incorporated into the world's new development agenda. A primer on justice targets.

December 2013
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Raising the Bar for Legal Education in Western Europe

The number of law schools offering their students the chance to do community-based practical work is expanding dramatically.

November 18, 2013 | Marguerite Angelari

Function, not Form: Defining Targets for Justice in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Justice and the rule of law are delivered through a broad array of institutions, so a unitary focus on ‘the justice sector’ in setting development targets is unlikely to deliver meaningful results.

November 07, 2013 | Peter Chapman

Case Watch: Peacekeepers, Liability and the Srebrenica Massacre

The Netherlands Supreme Court assigned liability for three deaths at Srebrenica to Dutch UN troops, in a ruling with implications for the immunity of UN-mandated peacekeepers.

October 04, 2013 | Eva Nudd

From Indonesia to the UN: Speaking up for Justice

Villagers in Margo Sari, a small village in Indonesia, are using the law to fight corruption and secure their future.

September 25, 2013 | Lotta Teale

Justice Initiatives: Legal Empowerment

Eight case studies look at how legal empowerment projects can reduce poverty and help people realize their rights; with a forward by George Soros.

September 2013
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Fact Sheet

East African Court of Justice

Learn more about the East African Court of Justice, which hears cases on violations of the rule of law, one of the fundamental and operational principles set out in the East African Community Treaty.

June 2013
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Fact Sheet

African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Learn more about the African Commission, which is tasked with promoting and protecting human rights by interpreting the African Charter and considering individual complaints.

June 2013
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Fact Sheet

African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

Learn more about the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, a judicial body that delivers binding judgments on compliance with the African Charter.

June 2013
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Fact Sheet

ECOWAS Community Court of Justice

Learn more about the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Community Court of Justice, which has accepted the submission of individual complaints for human rights violations since 2005.

June 2013
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Joint NGO Statement: Protocol 15 to the European Convention on Human Rights Must Not Result in a Weakening of Human Rights Protection

Ten human rights and law groups are calling on members of the Council of Europe to ensure that a new protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights does not weaken its protections.

June 25, 2013
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