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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.