Collaborative Partnership

The Open Society Justice Initiative collaborates with a community of dedicated and skilled legal and policy advocates across the world.

We engage in strong partnerships throughout much of our work. Our joint efforts range from partnerships with local lawyers on strategic human rights litigation to collaboration with local human rights and law groups on developing reports and research.  

Our strategic litigation before international or regional tribunals builds upon the work of local lawyers, who first represent their clients before their national courts. Our lawyers also regularly submit third-party interventions in cases brought by other legal teams, drawing on our specialist expertise in international human rights law. We also provide technical and legal advice to partners who are engaged in, or contemplating, launching litigation in their own names.  

Beyond the courtroom, our research and reporting on human rights abuses frequently relies upon evidence gathered by national or local advocacy groups. Our legal advocacy at a national and regional level regularly involves working with coalitions of national and international human rights groups.  

Our Work

Seeking Justice for Syrian Atrocities

The Open Society Justice Initiative has been working with the Syrian Archive, the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression, the Commission for International Justice and Accountability, and other partners on efforts to bring to justice those responsible for atrocity crimes in Syria.

Working to Strengthen the Inter-American Human Rights System

Since 2015, we have partnered with the Due Process of Law Foundation and the Center for Justice and International Law to convene an expert panel to review candidates for Inter-American Court and Commission of Human Rights. The effort to increase transparency around the process has been endorsed by NGOs, universities, and bar associations throughout the region. The expert panel is also supported by Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of the American University’s Washington College of Law. 

The Justice Initiative has been an energetic advocate for the justice goals in the UN's 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Today, we continue that effort with partners including Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies and our long-term legal empowerment partner Namati.

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