Rule of Law
The Open Society Foundations 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.
Building Better Institutions
How the United States Can Support Armenia’s Fledgling Democracy
The people of Armenia have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enact sweeping anticorruption and criminal justice reforms. Here’s what U.S. policymakers can do to help.
Q&A: Defending the Right to Protest in South Africa
Despite its place in the country’s constitution, the right to peacefully protest in South Africa is often abridged. Here’s what the civil society group Right2Protest is doing to end this injustice and protect this key right.
Supporting the Next Generation of Palestinian Human Rights Advocates
Al-Quds University’s Community Action Center’s Munir Nuseibah explains how a scholarship helped take his career as a human rights advocate to the next level—and inspires his work to help other Palestinians do the same.
Why John Bolton’s Diatribe against the International Criminal Court Is Misleading, Misguided, and Wrong
The U.S. national security advisor has sown confusion and fury among defenders of the International Criminal Court. His crude attacks don’t just show contempt for the rule of law—they undercut U.S. interests.
John McCain’s Profile in Courage
The late U.S. senator left a complicated legacy. But throughout his career, McCain never wavered in his opposition to torture, or his support for human rights abroad. History will remember and honor these heroic stances.
Sri Lanka Should Think Twice Before Copying Duterte’s Vicious Drug War
While the world moves on, Sri Lanka continues to drift toward the brutal and criminal “war on drugs” policies championed by the Philippines’ strongman. These heinous policies must be abandoned—before it’s too late.
Armenia’s Democratic Awakening Is a Warning to Authoritarians Everywhere
A nonviolent movement against Armenia’s longtime strongman ruler has convinced him to step down, opened a new chapter in the country’s political history, and sent a message to would-be autocrats throughout the world.
Where Are the 47 Political Exiles Sent by Nigeria to Cameroon?
A vicious conflict in the Cameroon region has led to the secret detention and disappearance of 47 political exiles—who, in a breach of international law, were sent back to the country by Nigeria.