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

March 16, 2018 | Peter Chapman, Alejandro Ponce

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.

Q&A: The Upstart Newspaper Exposing Corruption in Afghanistan

March 9, 2018

Seizing the opportunity created by a severe lack of independent news organizations, a group of young people in Kabul are using journalism to hold corrupt government officials accountable for abusing their power.

Confronting the Tigers: How Young Parisians Use the Law to Expose Police Abuse

March 7, 2018 | Lanna Hollo

Four police officers in Paris are on trial for assault, in a case that is highlighting the human cost of abusive and discriminatory policing.

Q&A: The Woman Who Challenged Brazil’s Abortion Taboo

February 27, 2018

The first Latin American woman to challenge Brazil’s abortion laws in the country’s Supreme Court was not only taking on an anti-choice legal system; she was also challenging the culture of shame and silence that upholds it.

Journalism Needs Freelancers, and Freelancers Need Protection

February 23, 2018 | Elisabet Cantenys

Despite often working out of the spotlight, freelancers play an indispensable role in journalism today. News organizations, and readers, must do more to ensure their safety.

How Macedonia’s Bureaucracy Is Failing Young People

February 14, 2018 | Katerina Gogova

Too many of the country’s institutions are simply not equipped with the medicine, expertise, or guidance they need to help young people who are using drugs.

Q&A: Defending Europeans’ Right to Protest

February 8, 2018

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.

Q&A: European Roma’s Path to Equality

February 5, 2018

Europe’s largest ethnic minority is still weighed down by prejudice and misunderstanding. By using a multifaceted strategy of litigation, public education, and direct advocacy, the Roma are changing their position.

Why Latin America Is a Hotbed of Political Innovation

February 1, 2018 | Caio Tendolini

After years of authoritarian rule in many countries, a wave of political engagement is sweeping across Latin America, transforming the region into a seemingly bottomless reservoir of new ideas for modernizing democracy.

How Access to Justice Helps in the Fight Against Poverty

January 31, 2018 | Peter Chapman

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.