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Open Society Justice Initiative

The Open Society Justice Initiative’s team of human rights lawyers and staff pursue strategic litigation and other legal work that supports the mission and values of the Open Society Foundations.

We do not give grants; we take action in our own name.  

Our lawyers have represented scores of individuals and groups before domestic and international courts and tribunals around the world. These cases seek not only to vindicate individual claims, but to establish and strengthen the law’s protection for all. 

Working with partners, we also document violations, propose and pilot solutions, engage policymakers, and offer assistance that draws on our global legal experience, including supporting efforts to extend access to justice to all. 

We work in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe on a wide range of issues, including: 

  • national security and human rights
  • citizenship and equality
  • criminal justice reform
  • combatting corruption
  • protection for migrants
  • economic justice
  • freedom of information and expression
  • international justice for grave crimes
  • access to justice 
  • strengthening international human rights institutions 

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