Topic: Rule of Law
Justice in Guatemala: New Efforts, Continuing Threats
Almost 20 years after the end of Guatemala’s bitter civil war, victims of human rights atrocities are still waiting for offenders to be brought to justice. Their quest is now at a critical crossroads.
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.
ECOWAS Court Finds Gambia Failed to Investigate Death of Leading Newspaper Editor
The regional human rights court has rebuked the government of President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia over the killing of Deyda Hydara in 2004.
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.
2005 Andijan Massacre: A Survivor Appeals for Justice
Husanboy Ruziyev, a survivor of the 2005 massacre that left hundreds dead, accuses the Uzbek authorities of subjecting him to torture and illegal detention in 2004, and of failing to properly investigate the 2005 violence.
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.
Time for Denmark to Acknowledge Its Role in CIA’s al-Awlaki Killing
The Open Society Justice Initiative has filed Freedom of Information requests over Denmark’s role in the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen, in a CIA drone strike in 2011.
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.
Independent Report Gives High Marks to Prosecution Reform in Guatemala
A new report highlights progress made by Guatemala's Public Ministry under Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz, now seeking a second term in office.
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.
Guatemalan Court Ruling on Attorney General’s Term Undermines Rule of Law
Guatemala’s constutional court has moved to cut short the four year term of the country’s reforming attorney general, Claudia Paz y Paz.
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.