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 regularly submit third-party interventions for cases brought by other legal teams when the cases involve issues that lie within our expertise.
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
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.
European Court of Human Rights Finds Russia Responsible for Death of Whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky
The European Court of Human Rights today delivered a comprehensive rebuke to Russia over the 2009 death in pretrial detention of Sergei Magnitsky, the accountant who had previously exposed a $230m tax fraud involving officials of Russia’s powerful Interior Ministry.
Open Society Justice Initiative Challenges Hungarian Constitutional Court Ruling on Anti-NGO Laws
The Open Society Justice Initiative is returning to the European Court of Human Rights to challenge Hungarian laws that criminalize and tax the work of independent civil society groups.
Strategic Litigation Impacts: Insights from Global Experience
Drawing on years of field-based research, this report takes an unprecedented, empirical look at the impacts of strategic human rights litigation.
Case Watch: UK Supreme Court Provides Gateway for Zambian Farmers and Corporate Accountability
The UK Supreme Court has given poor Zambian claimants the right to sue a global mining behemoth in English courts.
Human Rights Litigation Practice Notes: Legal Writing for Human Rights Claims
A guide for human rights lawyers to the preparation of persuasive claims before the regional human rights courts and United Nations Treaty Bodies.