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.
Seeking Justice for Syrian Atrocities
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.
Swiss Criminal Investigation Targets War Crime of Pillage
Swiss prosecutors are investigating the alleged illegal trade of minerals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, following a complaint filed by TRIAL International and the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Acquittal Marks Advance for Struggle against Torture in Brazil
A criminal court in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has for the first time acknowledged the validity of internationally agreed standards on effective legal and medical investigations into allegations of torture—resulting in the acquittal of seven torture survivors who had been tried for drugs-related charges.
A New Guide Shows the Way Forward on Expanding Access to Justice
A new guide produced by the Open Society Justice Initiative with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) provides a road-map for the development of national tools to assess and improve access to justice.
Lawyer at the Police Station Door: How REPLACE Provides Legal Aid in Nigeria
This 12-page illustrated brochure summarizes the successes achieved by a project that used duty solicitors to give detainees in Nigerian police stations early access to legal advice.
Broken Justice in Mexico’s Guerrero State
This report analyzes the structural deficiencies of the justice system in Mexico’s Guerrero state—flaws that have enabled perpetrators of violence to operate with almost absolute impunity.
Justice Initiative Joins Calls to Defend Legacy of Guatemala's CICIG
The Justice Initiative joined over 200 organizations in a public statement, calling on Guatemala's new government to safeguard the advances of CICIG, the U.N.-backed anti-corruption commission.