Topic: Rule of Law
Justice 2015: Redefining the World’s Development Agenda Q&A
The countries of the world are drawing up development priorities for the next decade and beyond. Here's a brief introduction to the process.
African States Need to do More to Combat the Use of Torture
More African states need to take steps to make the use of torture a criminal offense, and to set up preventative monitoring and other measures to eradicate its use.
Human Rights “Fundamentally Linked to Development,” Say UN Treaty Body Chairs
The chairs of the UN’s ten human rights treaty bodies added their voices to the growing calls to recognize the intrinsic connection between sustainable development and the rule of law.
From Rights to Remedies: Structures and Strategies for Implementing International Human Rights Decisions
This report explores the challenge of making rights real by examining how human rights decisions and recommendations made by international bodies are implemented at the national level.
Making Rights Real: The Challenge of Implementing Human Rights Decisions
What good is international law if states don’t follow it? Should we care about international courts if governments don’t do what they say? A new book looks at how to connect court judgments and real change.
Talking about Justice: The UN High Level Panel Report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Read a primer on the just-released United Nations report on the future shape of the world’s development strategy after 2015.
Case Watch: UN Upholds Rights of Independent Election Monitors
A case from Belarus helps broaden the interpretation of the right of every citizen to take part in the conduct of public affairs.
Expanding the Framework for Human Rights in Africa
Africa's human rights commission has launched its first model law—on access to information—and its first general comments—on the interpretation of an aspect of women's rights.
Arguments: New Rules for the Rule of Law
James A. Goldston, executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative, says that the concept of the rule of law can command consensus in a divided world.
European Court of Human Rights: Efficiency at what Cost?
The number of pending applications before the court is down is down. But a close read of the statistics tell a more unsettling story.
Why Development Needs the Rule of Law
As the push continues to create a new global development framework, the world must recognize the essential role played by the rule of law.
Guatemala at the Cross Roads in Search for Justice
With the trial of a former president for genocide and crimes against humanity, Guatemala is following other Latin American countries that have sought justice for historic human rights abuses.
Justice 2015: How Justice Impacts Development
Justice is recognized by scholars, practitioners, and governments as having a positive effect on development. This fact sheet outlines how support for justice has aided progress on the current Millennium Development Goals.
Justice 2015: Justice Plays a Fundamental Role in Eliminating Poverty
Justice is out of reach for too many people, taking a toll on development. This fact sheet makes the case for including a justice goal in the post-2015 development agenda.
Making Headway with Pretrial Justice
The provision of effective pretrial justice has in the past not received the attention it merits from both governments and international aid donors. But there are encouraging signs of change.
Briefing: Survivors of Sexual Attacks in Kenya Seek Justice for Post-Election Violence
A petition before the High Court of Kenya seeks to compel the government to address sexual and gender based violence that occurred during the 2007/2008 post-election period.
Coalition on Violence Against Women and Others v. the Attorney-General of Kenya and Others
A group of Kenyan civil society organizations and victims of sexual and gender-based violence have brought a case to the Nairobi High Court against six Kenyan government officials demanding accountability.
Fact Sheet: Pretrial Justice and Paralegals in Sierra Leone
The majority of Sierra Leone's prison population is in pretrial detention. To reduce the numbers, a local NGO is piloting a prorgam that provides early legal assistance to criminal defendants.
Access to Justice Advances in Ukraine
Ukraine has launched its first comprehensive national legal aid system, providing free legal advice to anyone who cannot afford to pay for a laywer.
Why Violence in Africa Presents an Existential Threat
Advocates seeking a more open and democratic society in Africa have mostly failed to grasp the extent of the threat posed by violence.