Rule of Law
The Open Society Justice Initiative works to strengthen the regional and international courts, commissions, and treaty bodies that advance human rights and the rule of law.
We support efforts to improve the independence, effectiveness, and transparency of international human rights tribunals and national court systems.
As frequent litigators, we believe that we and other civil society groups can play a constructive role in strengthening judicial systems that are at risk of being eroded by the political interests of national governments. We advocate for governments to give civil society groups a greater role in significant decisions, such as the selection of qualified, merit-based human rights judges and commissioners. We also support civil society participation in monitoring the implementation of court rulings, advocating for improved judicial procedures, and in broader efforts to protect, defend, and strengthen the rule of law.
Independent Panel Finds Only Three of Five Inter-American Human Rights Commission Candidates Qualified for Office
Two out of five candidates for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights are unqualified for office, a new report by independent experts finds.
The Election of the Next International Criminal Court Prosecutor
Potential candidates for the role of Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court should be interviewed by a committee of experts, and participate in “town hall” style meetings open to members of the public.
Independent Panel Will Again Assess Candidates to the Inter-American Human Rights Commission
While member states fail to act, civil society groups are again backing an independent review of candidates for one of the world's most influential human rights bodies.
Almost a Decade after his Death, Sergei Magnitsky Gets a Measure of Justice
The ruling from Europe's human rights court validates the underlying rationale for the laws adopted by the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and some other countries to impose sanctions on designated individuals implicated in gross human rights abuses.
To Strengthen the Rule of Law, Protect the Independence of Prosecutors
The case of Laura Codruţa Kövesi at the European Court of Human Rights underlines the importance of prosecutorial independence in protecting the rule of law.
Interview: Why the OAS Faces a Credibility Test over its Human Rights Commission
Professor Judith Schönsteiner, a leading Chilean jurist, discusses the challenge facing the Organization of American States: there are more seats available to fill at the Inter-American Human Rights Commission than there are qualified candidates.
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