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Legal empowerment is about strengthening the capacity of all people to exercise their rights, either as individuals or as members of a community. It’s about grassroots justice—about ensuring that law is not confined to books or courtrooms, but rather is available and meaningful to ordinary people.

Legal Empowerment

Open Society Voices

Legal Access for All: But Who Pays for It?

June 29, 2016 | Lotta Teale

If the vision of equal access to justice for all is to become a reality, more countries around the world will need a sustainable nationwide system for legal services.

Scaling Up on Legal Empowerment

April 22, 2016 | Zaza Namoradze

Basic legal services and advice should be available to all. A new Open Society initiative is trying to make that a reality in nine target countries.

Injustice Is Bad for Your Health

July 8, 2015 | Tamar Ezer

Violations of rights pose a fundamental threat to people’s health and well-being. Thankfully, programs that improve people’s access to justice can help.