Topic: Rule of Law

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In New Article, Goldston Considers Need for Fresh Approach to Rule of Law Reform

Open Society Justice Initiative executive director James A. Goldston discusses the need for a new approach to rule of law reform, emphasizing local expertise and mutual learning between the global north and south.

May 11, 2009
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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New Report from Turkey Finds Accused Lack Legal Representation

An empirical study of legal aid in Istanbul jointly undertaken by the Open Society Justice Initiative and Istanbul Bilgi University found that only 10 percent of criminal defendants in Istanbul are represented by a lawyer.

April 06, 2008
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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Legal Aid Law Adopted in Moldova

The Moldovan parliament voted unanimously to approve a new legal aid law developed by a working group which benefited from extensive consultations with the Open Society Justice Initiative.

July 30, 2007
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New Legal Aid Law Adopted in Georgia

A new legal aid law adopted in Georgia introduces a full-fledged model of public defenders as legal aid providers, a development praised by the Open Society Justice Initiative.

June 26, 2007
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Second Public Defender Office Launched in Ukraine

Ukraine's second pilot public defender office was launched last week in Bila Tsirkva, an initiative that is part of a project on legal aid reform in Ukraine operated by the Open Society Justice Initiative and the International Renaissance Foundation.

February 21, 2007
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Ukraine Public Defender Office Promotes Rights of the Accused

A newly opened public defender office—a joint project of the Open Society Justice Initiative and two other civil society groups—recorded a major success last week when it was assured by Regional Director of Kharkiv Police that local police will...

December 21, 2006
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Mexico Plans Its First Pretrial Services Agency

Mexican officials gathered in Chihuahua to plan the country's first pretrial services agency at a meeting organized and led by the Open Society Justice Initiative and its Mexican partner organization, Renace.

November 07, 2006
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World Bank Awards Grant to Pioneering African Paralegal Nongovernmental Organization

Timap for Justice, a nongovernmental organization cofounded by the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Sierra Leonean National Forum for Human Rights, received an $879,000 grant today from the World Bank to provide justice services in Sierra Leone.

October 23, 2006
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Open Society Justice Initiative Trains Lawyers in Combating Torture

Lawyers from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan join international human rights law experts this week for a practical seminar on strategic litigation to combat torture and ill-treatment organized by the Open Society Justice Initiative.

June 23, 2006
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Ukraine President Approves Concept Paper for Improving Legal Aid

Ukraine President Viktor Yuschenko approved the Concept Paper on Reforming the Legal Aid System in Ukraine, taking an important step in the nation's process of improving access to justice, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative.

June 13, 2006
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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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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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Open Society Justice Initiative Organizes Southeast Asia Clinical Legal Education Conference

The first university legal clinic in Cambodia, organized by the Open Society Justice Initiative, will provide a forum to discuss opportunities and challenges for creating clinical legal education programs at Southeast Asian universities.

November 27, 2005
Press release

Open Society Justice Initiative Announces the Second African Clinical Teachers Training Workshop

To promote clinical legal education methodology among African law teachers, the Open Society Justice Initiative will hold a workshop Durban, South Africa.

October 12, 2005
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 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
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Georgia's First Public Defender Office Opens in Tbilisi

Georgia’s first public defender office will provide legal aid for criminal defendants unable to afford a lawyer thanks to a pilot program established with technical assistance from the Open Society Justice Initiative and others.

June 21, 2005
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Momentum for Legal Aid Reform Builds Across Europe and Beyond

The Second European Access to Justice Forum, organized by the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Public Interest Law Initiative, met to discuss the need to reform legal aid systems.

February 28, 2005
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