Topic: Rule of Law


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.

June 17, 2013 | Aidan Harris

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.

June 2013 | Christian De Vos
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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.

June 12, 2013 | Christian De Vos

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.

May 30, 2013 | Jonathan Birchall

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.

May 30, 2013 | Natalija Bitiukova & Marion Isobel

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.

April 26, 2013 | Stanley Ibe

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.

April 25, 2013 | James A. Goldston
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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.

April 22, 2013 | Karen Corrie

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.

April 04, 2013 | James A. Goldston

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.

March 19, 2013 | James A. Goldston
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Fact Sheet

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.

March 2013
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Fact Sheet

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.

March 2013
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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.

February 26, 2013 | Kersty McCourt
Briefing Paper

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.

February 20, 2013
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Fact Sheet

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.

February 2013
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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.

February 13, 2013 | Zaza Namoradze & Roman Romanov

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.

February 13, 2013 | Chidi Odinkalu

Amid New Instability, a Struggle for Justice Continues in Eastern Congo

Kelly Askin has just returned from Shabouda, in the Democratic Repubic of Congo, where a mobile court continued to try rape cases, even as M23 militia attacked the provinicial town of Goma, just over 100 miles away.

November 29, 2012 | Kelly Askin
Briefing Paper

European Court Reform: National Implementation of the Interlaken Declaration

This briefing presents the views of civil society on the the implementation of rulings of the European Court of Human Rights in seven states: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine.

October 2012
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Briefing Paper

Building on the Complementarity Consensus

The Open Society Justice Initiative is proposing steps to the members of the International Criminal Court that would strengthen their ability to try international crimes domestically.

October 15, 2012
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