Strategic Litigation

Since 2003, our lawyers have represented scores of individuals before domestic and international human rights tribunals. 

Litigating with a Global Perspective

In addition to vindicating individual claims, we've tried to use our cases to establish and strengthen the law's protection for everyone. By using decisions from one tribunal to argue a case in front of another, we've tried to replicate successes and share lessons across borders. We also submit third-party interventions in cases involving issues that lie within our expertise, and provide expert advice and support to lawyers engaged in litigation and case-building within national court systems.

While we seek advances in jurisprudence, we understand that a single ruling from a court may not be sufficient to end deep-rooted injustices. We believe strategic litigation must be grounded in the struggles of local communities and linked to complementary efforts to bring about change.  

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Since 2003 the Justice Initiative has engaged in over 100 human rights cases around the world. Access our case summaries.

Promoting Strategic Human Rights Litigation

In addition to pursuing own cases, the Justice Initiative seeks to develop expertise and understanding of effective rights-focused strategic litigation, through training, research, and information sharing, including our annual summer school for human rights litigators.

Supporting Young Lawyers

Our efforts to support the development of the next generation of human rights lawyers include the two-year Aryeh Neier Open Society Justice Initiative Fellowship, for four young lawyers who already have some experience of human rights work, aimed at giving them practical experience of human rights litigation and legal advocacy.

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