Across our initiatives, we partner with leading global law firms and universities. These vital legal partners help us to monitor trials around the world, write reports and submissions that are used to conduct advocacy before courts and human rights bodies internationally, conduct legal analysis, and help us file Freedom of Information Requests. In numerous cases, our reports have been submitted by defense counsel to courts of appeal in national courts. We also work with next-generation lawyers thanks to a dedicated team at Columbia Law School that coordinates our work with law schools around the world such as in Brazil, the Netherlands, Poland, and Lebanon.
Our Advisory Board and Legal Experts Panel include top lawyers, professors and judges.
Our central mission is to expose injustice around the world. CFJ’s partner, the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights, monitors and reports on trials as part of TrialWatch, expanding our geographic reach. We also collaborate with the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute on cases in which lawyers are targeted for their work.
To engage in advocacy wherever it is needed, TrialWatch and The Docket also work with law firms to produce Fairness Reports, submit appeals and amicus briefs, and conduct legal research and advocacy.
Systemic change means working with the next generation of innovators. Law students working with TrialWatch have monitored trials, written reports, tested new technology, and worked with other students around the globe on TrialWatch projects.
The Human Rights Clinic & Institute at Columbia Law School—TrialWatch’s inaugural academic partner—plays a convening role for this growing global community of students and helps to train them. Our current partners include:
Amal Clooney is a visiting Professor at Columbia Law School, and a senior fellow at Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Clinic. Through a partnership with this clinic, CFJ’s TrialWatch project has collated data over the last two years to prepare a detailed report on the weaponization of law against women and girls, using the cases that TrialWatch has monitored as examples.