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.
The End of Southern Africa’s Regional Human Rights Court?
A shocking decision over the weekend effectively shuttered the Southern African Development Community tribunal.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Legal Power to the People
A new approach to holding governments accountable to the citizens they are supposed to serve. Call it "legal empowerment."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.