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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

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Aftershock—A Journey into Eastern Europe’s Broken Dreams: John Feffer in Conversation with Tina Rosenberg

Speaking with Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Tina Rosenberg, John Feffer discusses his new book on Central and Eastern Europe’s multiple transformations and the fate of the liberal project.

Voices
Q&A: Defending Europeans’ Right to Protest

Research in Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans has confirmed what many people in the region know already: too many governments are using bureaucratic tricks—and brute force—to restrict the basic right to free speech.

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Book Launch—The Wall and the Gate: Israel, Palestine, and the Legal Battle for Human Rights

Michael Sfard has long worked to hold Israel accountable for rights abuses in its occupation of Palestinian land. His new book asks if legal action against the occupation actually bolsters its legitimacy.

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U.S. Guns and Violence in Mexico: A Growing Emergency

Experts and a father of a disappeared son address expanding U.S. legal exports and illegal trafficking of guns to Mexico, the current unprecedented violence, and what can be done.

Voices
How Access to Justice Helps in the Fight Against Poverty

The UN Sustainable Development Goals identify the link between providing access to justice and tackling poverty. Civil society groups must help bridge the gap between these two areas of focus, and governments must act.

Briefing Paper
European Union Law and Romanian Draft Law 140/2017 on Associations and Foundations

This briefing paper considers the extent to which a proposed new Romanian law on the management of civil society organizations would violate provisions of European Union law.