Past eventResearch Event

Strategic Litigation for Social Justice: Lessons Learned

14 March 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Chatham House, London


Lucy Claridge, Director of Strategic Litigation, Amnesty International
James A. Goldston, Executive Director, Open Society Justice Initiative
Mandira Sharma, Founder, Advocacy Forum, Nepal
Chair: Ruma Mandal, Head, International Law Programme, Chatham House



What has been the impact globally of strategic litigation on social justice? In what circumstances can it form part of an effective strategy to drive social, political and legal reform?

Drawing on the Open Society Justice Initiative’s multi-year inquiry into strategic human rights litigation, this meeting will challenge assumptions about what such litigation actually means for human rights victims, litigators, judges, government officials, activists and other actors.

Panellists will draw on the findings from OSJI’s research which covered four themes - Roma school desegregation, indigenous peoples’ land rights, equal access to quality education and torture in custody – and involved hundreds of interviews in 11 countries.

The discussion will examine lessons learned from this research as well as from practice, including OSJI’s ten years of litigation experience including in several landmark cases. The meeting will bring together a broad group of interested actors, including litigators, civil society organisations, academic experts and donors.

This event, hosted in collaboration with Open Society Foundations, will be followed by a drinks reception.