Topic: Rule of Law
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Baby Doc Duvalier Must Not Evade Justice
Haiti must ensure that Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, the country’s former dictator, stands trial on charges arising from systematic human rights abuses, as required by international law.
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.
Czech Roma Still Face “Educational Apartheid,” Despite Court Ruling Five Years Ago
The Open Society Foundations is urging the Czech government to end the institutionalized segregation of Roma children within its schools, five years after it was ordered to do so by the European Court of Human Rights.
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.
European Court Complaint Challenges Russia over Death of Anticorruption Whistle-Blower
The mother of Sergei Magnitsky, the Russian anticorruption whistle-blower who died in detention in November 2009, is taking the search for justice for her son’s death to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
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.
UN Meeting on the Rule of Law was Just Another Day of Talk
When they met in New York, world leaders failed to agree on measurable targets for the Rule of Law. But they did agree it has role to play in the post-2015 development agenda.
The Global Legal Empowerment Initiative
The UN Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor estimates that four billion people live outside the protection of the law. The Open Society Foundations are working to strengthen and expand access to the law for all.
Case Digests: UN Human Rights Committee 102nd Session, July 2011
Read summaries of the decisions on admissibility and merits taken by the UN Human Rights Committee at its 102nd session, held in July 2011.
What a Paralegal in Sierra Leone Needs to Know Grantee Spotlight
How can paralegals help bring legal services to ordinary people in Sierra Leone? The legal empowerment group Timap for Justice has produced a manual.
Case Digests: UN Human Rights Committee 100th Session, October 2010
The Open Society Justice Initiative has prepared short summaries of the decisions on admissibility and merits taken by the UN Human Rights Committee at its 100th session, held in October 2010.
Case Digests: UN Committee against Torture, November 2008 and May 2009
Read short summaries of the decisions and views which the UN Committee against Torture took on individual communications at its 41st and 42nd sessions, held respectively in November 2008 and May 2009.
Case Digests: UN Committee against Torture, November 2009 and May 2010
Read short summaries of the decisions and views which the UN Committee against Torture took at its 43rd and 44th sessions, held respectively in November 2009 and May 2010.