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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.