Topic: Rule of Law


International Justice Must Start at Home

When heads of state come to New York for the UN General Assembly in September, they have an opportunity to get serious about serious crimes in talks devoted this year to promoting the rule of law.

August 27, 2012 | James A. Goldston

The End of Southern Africa’s Regional Human Rights Court?

A shocking decision over the weekend effectively shuttered the Southern African Development Community tribunal.

August 20, 2012 | Richard Lee
Briefing Paper

Legal Empowerment: An Integrated Approach to Justice and Development

This working paper sets out Open Society Foundations’ vision of how legal empowerment can support development and justice by ensuring that the law is not confined to books or courtrooms, but is available to everyone.

July 02, 2012
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It Is Time for a Global Agreement on the Rule of Law

This September the "rule of law at the national and international levels" will be on the agenda at the UN General Assembly. There are sharp international differences over what that title means. But there are also important opportunities to agree...

April 19, 2012 | James A. Goldston
Briefing Paper

Q & A: Reform of the European Court of Human Rights

As the 47 members of the Council of Europe, this briefing sets out the background issues for journalists and others in question and answer form.

April 2012
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The Paralegal Effect: A Conversation with Photographer Aubrey Wade

If it happens that you get arrested in Bo, Sierra Leone's bustling second city, chances are you'll wind up at the Central Police Station. If you're lucky, that's where Baindu Koroma will find you.

February 08, 2012 | Will Cohen

Three Principles to Strengthen the Rule of Law

World leaders have an opportunity at the United Nations this year to declare that the application of law should be free of the taint of political interest.

January 26, 2012 | James A. Goldston

Legal Power to the People

A new approach to holding governments accountable to the citizens they are supposed to serve. Call it "legal empowerment."

November 10, 2011 | Vivek Maru
Briefing Paper

Pretrial Justice: Ensuring Fair Treatment for the Poor

James A. Goldston, executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative, set out a range of steps needed to ensure fair treatment of the poor by national justice systems during a meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

October 27, 2011
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Press release

African Tribunal Reinforces Nationality Rights for Children

The African Union body responsible for protecting children’s rights has urged Kenya to grant citizenship to children of its stateless Nubian minority, in a ruling that marks a victory in the battle against statelessness across the continent and beyond.

October 04, 2011

Fizi Diary: Finally, Justice For All?

The International Criminal Court tries the most notorious war criminals. But it can only handle a finite number of cases, leaving thousands of crimes unpunished. The Fizi rape trial shows how local courts can fill the void.

February 18, 2011 | Kelly Askin

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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Press release

Statement on Pretrial Detention and Discrimination

Advocates including the Open Society Foundations speak out on the estimated three million people around the world behind bars awaiting trial—many of whom are from the poorest and most marginalized sectors of society.

December 10, 2010

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
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Press release

Paralegal Justice Services Expand Across Sierra Leone

The number of paralegals providing free basic justice services in Sierra Leone will more than double next month, as donors join with non-governmental organizations and community-based groups to create a nation-wide network of legal assistance.

August 20, 2010

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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Press release

Sierra Leone Paralegal Program Evaluation Underway

The Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University, is evaluating a pilot criminal justice paralegal program launched last year by Timap for Justice and the Open Society Justice Initiative in Sierra Leone.

May 10, 2010

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
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