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Rule of Law

Rule of Law

We work internationally to develop effective and accountable justice systems. Nationally, we support and train lawyers and community paralegals, and seek to make justice accessible to all.

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Recent Work

Impacts of Strategic Litigation on Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights

A conversation launches an Open Society Justice Initiative report that draws on interviews with community members, litigators, and activists from Kenya, Malaysia, and Paraguay.

Finding a Way Out of Legal Limbo in the Dominican Republic

Community-based paralegals are helping people of Haitian descent secure the legal identity documents that affirm their citizenship.

Talking about Race—Rethinking Crime and Punishment in Black America: A Conversation with James Forman Jr.

Yale legal scholar and former public defender James Forman Jr. talks about his new book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.

Understanding National Progress: A Cross Regional Exchange on Access to Justice

A summary a meeting organized by the Open Society Justice Initiative in Washington D.C. in October 2016, which focused on developing effective measurements for access to justice.

Book Launch—Dictators Without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia

Alex Cooley speaks about his new book, which explores unrecognized and unregulated links between autocratic regimes in Central Asia and centers of power and wealth throughout the West.

New Models to Combat Impunity in Latin America: The Experiences of Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras

This discussion will identify both common challenges and lessons learned regarding efforts to draw on international support in the battle against impunity in three Latin American countries.