The Open Society European Policy Institute is the EU policy arm of the Open Society Foundations. We work to foster open societies inside and outside Europe by leveraging the EU’s policies, legislation, funding, and political influence. The institute brings into EU policy debates evidence, argument, and recommendations drawn from the work of the Open Society Foundations in more than 100 countries. The foundations’ priorities include human rights, justice, and accountability pursued through a wide range of policy areas including health, media, information, youth, and education.
The Open Society European Policy Institute’s role is to propose positive measures that will sustain those values within policies and widen the political constituency that supports them. We also work to provide warnings when European political actors are moving away from—or even undermining—the founding principles and fundamental values of the European Union.
We pursue both of these roles by:
• providing evidence and arguments to inform political debates and policy-making processes;
• linking the Open Society Foundations network with EU institutions and member states;
• engaging in the broader debates about the EU’s future institutions and policies in order to promote open society values within their operations; and
• building strong relationships with officials, politicians, NGOs, and other actors to keep civil liberties, rights, and justice on the EU’s agenda.
OSEPI works closely with the foundations and programs within the Open Society Foundations to help them expand their own capacity to do successful advocacy directed at the EU. We work with foundations and grantees to provide inputs to a range of EU processes including human rights dialogues, progress reports, legislative proposals and country programming.
For more information, please contact Kersty McCourt.
- Is Democratization in Georgia Working?A panel of experts will explore Georgia’s achievements and setbacks in the reform process five years after signing an association agreement with the European Union.
- New Report Finds Overwhelming Support Among Europeans for Open Society ValuesA new study from the German think tank d|part and the Open Society European Policy Institute confirms that clear majorities of Europeans still support democracy, tolerance, and the rule of law.
- مبادرة المجتمع المنفتح للعدالة ترحب بالقبض على السوريين المتهمين بارتكاب الجرائم الوحشيةتعمل مبادرة العدالة منذ فترة مع مفوضية العدالة والمحاسبة الدولية لجمع ملف إدانة ضد واحد من الرجلين الذين تم القبض عليهما وهو مسؤول رفيع سابق في المخابرات السورية. EnglishDeutschFrançais
- Le Open Society Justice Initiative salue l’arrestation de la police allemande de deux anciens responsables du gouvernement syrienL’un des deux suspects arrêtés, Anwar R, est le premier des anciens hauts dignitaires du régime syrien à avoir été arrêté en Europe jusqu’à présent. EnglishDeutschالعربية
- Talking About Race: Plessy v. Ferguson and America’s Journey from Slavery to SegregationWashington Post senior editor Steve Luxenberg talks with Judge Robert Bell about the current-day relevance of Plessy v. Ferguson’s “separate but equal” doctrine.
- Volunteer Lawyers Give New Direction to Nigerian Legal Aid InitiativeIn the town of Ikorodu, local lawyers are delivering free legal aid to detainees within 48 hours of arrest and joining an effort to steer people charged with nonviolent crimes away from unnecessary detention.
- Open Society Justice Initiative begrüßt deutsche Festnahmen von syrischen Verdächtigen wegen GräueltatenEiner der beiden festgenommenen Männer ist der höchstrangige syrische Regierungsbeamte, der bisher in Europa wegen Gräueltaten in Syrien verhaftet wurde. EnglishFrançaisالعربية
- Open Society Justice Initiative Welcomes German Arrests of Syrian Atrocity Crime SuspectsThe Justice Initiative has been working with the Commission for International Justice and Accountability to build a case dossier against one of the men arrested, who is a former senior Syrian intelligence official. DeutschFrançaisالعربية
- Can a Virtual Reality Video Help Fight Anti-HIV Stigma?In Cape Town, activists are working to combat the myths and misinformation associated with HIV testing.
- Open Society Justice Initiative Joins Call for Justice for Jamal KhashoggiU.S. human rights and media freedom groups are calling on Washington for immediate concrete steps to pursue justice for Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist brutally murdered in Istanbul in October last year.