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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. 

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