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Rule of Law

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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.

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.

How U.S. States and Cities Can Shore Up Civil Rights

The federal government is abandoning its historical role in protecting citizens’ rights. It’s time to give state and local governments the support they’ll need to pick up the slack.

How Do We Measure Access to Justice? A Global Survey of Legal Needs Shows the Way

The World Justice Project’s new survey, Global Insights on Access to Justice, is the first of its kind to try to understand global access to civil, rather than criminal, justice.

Seminar: Asset Recovery at the Intersection of International Law on Criminal Justice and Human Rights

Research shows that corruption extracts billions of dollars globally each year, but only a fraction of that has ever been returned. How can coalitions for responsible asset repatriation use human rights law to do better?

Implementation of the EU–Moldova Association Agreement: Views from Civil Society

In the run-up to the next EU–Moldova Association Council in April, this discussion will provide an assessment of Moldova’s implementation of the Association Agreement/Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area.