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.
What’s Really Behind the Missing Women at Mexico’s Border?
‘City of Omens’ author Dan Werb examines the pattern of brutal violence against women taking place in Tijuana.
Bogotá’s “Never Nobodies”
In a perpetual cycle of violence in a neighborhood in Bogotá, Colombia, hundreds of street dwellers have been murdered over the last decade, their deaths often going uninvestigated. The state refers to them as the “never nobodies.”
Freedom’s Front Lines
France’s War on Protest
By allowing the continued militarization of its police forces, the government in France risks normalizing authoritarianism and diminishing civil liberties. Recent confrontations between police and protestors only further emphasize the peril.
A New Beginning
For a Better Future, Sudan Must Confront Its Past
With Omar al-Bashir no longer in power, the temptation to move beyond his regime’s crimes is understandable. But unless Sudan grapples with its past, it risks trading one corrupt dictatorship for another.
Justice for All
Using the Law to Empower the People of the Greater Mekong
In a region of the world where governmental and corporate forces often trample the rights of marginalized communities, the Mekong Legal Network is working to ensure the rule of law is accessible to those who need it most.
Authoritarianism in Africa
Nigerian Democracy’s Uncertain Future
The 2019 general election in Nigeria was marred by intimidation, dysfunction, and credible allegations of fraud. Here is why pro-democracy and civil society groups around the world should take notice.
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.