Newsletter Signup

Sign up to receive updates from the Open Society Foundations.

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.

Learn More

Contact Us

Questions about our work on this topic? Please use this contact box.

Programs

The following Open Society programs focus on this topic.

More on the ideas and programs behind our work: Rule of Law. Hide info

Recent Work

Event
The Future of Coca Industrialization in Colombia: A Pathway to Development and Peace

A new report looks at the coca leaf as a legal agricultural product and presents challenges, opportunities, and parameters for a legal system to expand coca industrialization.

Voices
How Small Data Can Improve Access to Justice for the Poor

Collective data drawn from individual case work can be used to identify what does and doesn’t work in improving access to justice for all.

Publication
A Toolkit for Drafting Complaints to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and Committee Against Torture

This manual for human rights activists and lawyers seeks to develop their skills in using litigation as one of the tools to combat torture, cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment and punishment.

Voices
Where Are the 47 Political Exiles Sent by Nigeria to Cameroon?

A vicious conflict in the Cameroon region has led to the secret detention and disappearance of 47 political exiles—who, in a breach of international law, were sent back to the country by Nigeria.

Publication
Civil Society and the Copenhagen Declaration on Reform of the European Court of Human Rights

Remarks delivered by James A. Goldston, executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative, on the response of civil society to Denmark's proposed reforms of the European Court of Human Rights.

Event
Book Launch—The Peacemaker’s Paradox: Pursuing Justice in the Shadow of Conflict  

Priscilla Hayner’s new book explores the dilemmas that arise when peacemakers seem to have to choose between settling an armed conflict and holding accountable those responsible for severe human rights violations.