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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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Legal Access for All: But Who Pays for It?

If the vision of equal access to justice for all is to become a reality, more countries around the world will need a sustainable nationwide system for legal services.

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Mexico’s Crisis of Impunity  

The latest episode of our Talking Justice podcast examines Mexico’s search for accountability for atrocities carried out not just by criminal gangs but by federal and state forces.

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EU Directive on Combating Terrorism: A Roundtable Event

The EU is in the final stages of negotiating a new directive on combating terrorism. This roundtable meeting will inform and raise concerns ahead of trilogue negotiations and the adoption of the directive.

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21st Century Watergate? The Panama Papers and the Future Role of Investigative Journalism  

A conversation exploring the work of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and the current status and implications of the Panama Papers.

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Changing Constitutional Law in the Post-Scalia Era: Lessons from the Past for the Future  

Award-winning constitutional scholar David Cole discusses his new book, Engines of Liberty, which explores how citizen activists have successfully shaped constitutional law.

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Scaling Up on Legal Empowerment

Basic legal services and advice should be available to all. A new Open Society initiative is trying to make that a reality in nine target countries.