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
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.
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.
Strategic Litigation Impacts: Roma School Desegregation
This study examines the role of strategic litigation in efforts to end discrimination against Roma school children in Greece, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.
Strategic Litigation Impacts: Equal Access to Quality Education
This comparative study, based on research in Brazil, India, and South Africa, assesses how the power of the litigation is being harnessed in the pursuit of adequate basic education for all.
Strategic Litigation Impacts: Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights
This comparative study examines the ways indigenous communities in Malaysia, Paraguay, and Kenya and their advocates are using litigation in an effort to defend their rights and win compensation.
Strategic Litigation Impacts: Torture in Custody
This study looks at how activists in Argentina, Kenya, and Turkey have sought to use the courts to secure remedies for torture victims and survivors, bring those responsible to justice, and enforce and strengthen the law.