Topic: Rule of Law


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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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.

June 26, 2013 | Jonathan Birchall

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.

June 26, 2013 | Stanley Ibe

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
Press release

New Principles Address the Balance between National Security and the Public’s Right to Know

The Tshwane principles focus on how to ensure public access to government information without jeopardizing legitimate efforts to protect people from national security threats.

June 12, 2013

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
Press release

Turkmenistan Faces UN Challenge over Death of Human Rights Activist

Turkmenistan’s authoritarian state is being called to account before the UN Human Rights Committee over the death in police custody seven years ago of human rights activist Ogulsapar Muradova.

April 11, 2013

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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