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Book Launch—Five Ideas to Fight For: How Our Freedom Is Under Threat and Why It Matters
In this livestreamed event, leading human rights lawyer Anthony Lester discusses his new book, which presents a powerful account of what’s needed to protect our hard-won rights and freedoms.
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Everywhere Justice: Delivering Community Justice Services at Scale

This series of fact sheets outlines a range of different approaches to the provision of primary legal services around the world

Four Countries That Opened Their Closed Institutions—and Prevented Torture

A look back at how a simple but revolutionary idea helped prevent torture in some of the world’s darkest places.

Book Launch: How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything

In this live-streamed event, Rosa Brooks discusses her new book, which examines what happens when the ancient boundary between war and peace is erased.

Time for Transparency in the Machinery of Global Rights

A drive for transparency over the selection of the next UN Secretary General reflects similar efforts by civil society in the global human rights system.

Fueling Economic Advancement and Empowerment Through Land Rights  

This discussion examines the importance of land rights to open society priorities, how land rights create a foundation for other interventions, and the opportunities and challenges facing a growing land rights movement.