Make important, public information more accessible

Human rights defenders rely on information from many sources in order to do their work effectively – from government budgets to UN Human Rights Council member voting records to human rights case law. Often, this information is available online, but finding what you’re looking for within these collections can be almost impossible. Uwazi empowers those who rely on this information, to organise it in whatever way is most useful for them.

Learn how Uwazi solves this problem for organisations who are improving access to decisions issues by human rights courts and commissions in the case study below.

Case study: Using Uwazi to improve access to decisions issued by human rights courts and commissions

Case law is an important part of every legal system, as decisions on admissibility and judgements set precedents and trends for future work of the courts and bodies that make them. It is essential for human rights lawyers to be able to find the right jurisprudence quickly, to give the right advice to clients and make the best arguments in court. Yet, to date, most courts or bodies make this information available in a way that is only accessible to the small handful of experts who already know exactly what they are looking for.

Uwazi addresses this problem by allowing organisations to set up a way of organising the documents that makes the most sense to their audience.

Examples

Screenshot of CEJIL’s Uwazi instance

The Center for Justice and International Law in Argentina (CEJIL) is using Uwazi to improve the ability of human rights defenders to access and understand important legal decisions from their region’s  human rights bodies. Uwazi allows CEJIL to organise a collection of over 2500 documents by using categories defined by them (such as the type of court sentence) and adding additional layers of information (such as signatory judge) to a decision. Learn more about how CEJIL configured Uwazi to meet their needs >>

Screenshot of the Centre for Human Rights’ Uwazi instance.

The Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria is using Uwazi to publish an online database of jurisprudence and commentary for the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The new jurisprudence database hosts a collection of selected case law decided by the Court since its establishment. In addition to this, the website provides informative commentary documents, explaining the court’s past coverage of specific issues. Learn more about why the Centre chose to use Uwazi for this project >>


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