Topic: Rule of Law

Voices

Supporting Freedom: Lessons for Washington from Egypt and Pakistan

The Obama Administration has gone out of its way to avoid appearing too insistent in calling on other governments to expand democracy and human rights. Then came Egypt.

February 16, 2011 | James A. Goldston
Fact Sheet

Improving Pretrial Justice: The Role of Lawyers and Paralegals

There are many causes for the global over-use of pretrial detention, but there are also cost-effective solutions. As this fact sheet outlines, early intervention by lawyers and paralegals can have a positive impact.

December 2010
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Publication

Community-Based Paralegals: A Practitioner’s Guide

This how-to guide provides information on all aspects of establishing and operating a community-based paralegal program, from assessing a community’s needs to training paralegals and resolving justice problems.

December 2010
First page of PDF with filename: OSJI-Paralegal-Manual-US-11-05-2014.pdf
Report

Effective Criminal Defence in Europe

This report summarizes the findings of a research project that explores and compares access to effective defense in criminal proceedings across nine European jurisdictions.

June 2010 | Ed Cape, Roger Smith, and Taru Spronken
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Report

Between Law and Society: Paralegals and the Provision of Primary Justice Services in Sierra Leone

This paper focuses on Timap for Justice, a pioneering organization expanding access to legal services in rural areas of Sierra Leone. This updated edition includes a new foreword by George Soros.

March 2010
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Fact Sheet

Why We Need a Global Campaign for Pretrial Justice

The Open Society Justice Initiative is launching a Global Campaign for Pretrial Justice to promote alternatives to pretrial detention, expand access to legal aid services, and deploy paralegals to intervene earlier in the criminal justice process.

September 2009
First page of PDF with filename: pretrialjustice_20090903.pdf
Report

Legal Clinics: Serving People, Improving Justice

This brochure describes the Open Society Justice Initiative's efforts to launch clinics in 12 countries, from Sierra Leone to Cambodia to Afghanistan.

2009
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Publication

Justice Initiatives: Pretrial Detention

This publication looks at the global overreliance on pretrial detention and examines the challenges of reducing and reforming its use.

Spring 2008
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Publication

Public Interest Litigation in Central and Eastern Europe: Roots, Prospects, and Challenges

The following article by James A. Goldston, entitled "Public Interest Litigation in Central and Eastern Europe: Roots, Prospects, and Challenges" was published in the May 2006 issue of Human Rights Quarterly.

June 1, 2006 | James A. Goldston
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Publication

Clinical Legal Education Training Materials

Curriculum materials on how to teach clinical legal education and street law, and how to operate a university-based clinic are now available from the Open Society Justice Initiative.

February 7, 2006
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Report

Legal Remedies for the Resource Curse

The Open Society Justice Initiative released a report assessing the availability of legal remedies for addressing corrupt practices in the natural resource industries.

September 6, 2005
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Report

Report of the Second European Forum on Access to Justice

Co-organized by the Open Society Justice Initiative, the Second European Forum on Access to Justice addressed a range of regional and country-specific efforts to expand access to justice for the indigent.

August 2005
First page of PDF with filename: prelimreport_20050809.pdf
Report

First All African Training Workshop Held in Durban

A report on the First All African Training Workshop, organized by the Open Society Justice Initiative, held at the Institute for Professional Legal Training at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.

October 2004
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Litigation

Herrera Ulloa v. Costa Rica

The courts in Costa Rica convicted journalist Mauricio Herrera Ulloa and his newspaper ‘La Nación’ for publishing allegations that a Costa Rican diplomat was involved in illegal activities.

Last update: July 02, 2004
Report

Freedom of Information Law in Latin America

In an effort to promote laws protecting freedom of information and expression in Latin America, the Open Society Justice Initiative brought together lawyers and activists from across the Americas to develop litigation and advocacy strategies.

May 1, 2004
First page of PDF with filename: latinamerica_20040501.pdf
Report

Reforming Legal Aid in Lithuania

An international conference organized by the Open Society Justice Initiative and others delivered a report on reforming the legal aid system in Lithuania.

April 22, 2004
First page of PDF with filename: lithuaniareport_20040422.pdf
Publication

Justice Initiatives: Legal Aid Reform and Access to Justice

The February 2004 issue of the Open Society Justice Initiative's newsletter looks at legal aid reform from several different perspectives around the world. A major focus is state-provided legal representation for indigent persons charged with crimes.

February 2004
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Voices

A Legal Education Clinic for Cambodia

Justice Initiative Fellow Bruce Lasky tells of his experience setting up a legal clinic in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, which opened in January 2004.

January 01, 2004 | Bruce Lasky
Report

OSI-Supported Human Rights and Public Interest Law Fellows Retreat

Recipients of Open Society Justice Initiative-sponsored fellowships convened in Istanbul to discuss the practice and theory of human rights, present papers, and attend skills training sessions.

July 12, 2003
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Report

Combining Learning and Legal Aid: Clinical Legal Education in Africa

At the first All-Africa Colloquium on Clinical Legal Education, organized by the Open Society Justice Initiative, legal clinicians and university faculty from all over the continent came together to examine the function of legal clinics and...

June 28, 2003
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