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Justice Policy Series, Part III: Accountability for Democratic Renewal

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Evidence from numerous data-producing and governance institutions shows a clear and consistent trend of increased autocratization and a decline in the rule of law over the past decade. To reverse this harmful trend and reinforce open government, the global community must work together to renew democracy. Central to this effort is the need for effective and accessible accountability measures to deter and sanction rights violations and other anti-democratic behavior.

In its discussion of citizen-activated accountability, the paper focuses on both institutions – including judiciaries, legislatures, tribunals, ombudsmen, and others – and mechanisms that prompt these institutions to act. These accountability structures provide a backstop against many of the types of abuses that have increased in recent years by allowing citizens to protect their rights and ensure that government actors act lawfully.

Overview of Chapters: Common Challenges, Common Solutions

This paper contains six chapters which each describe how OGP members can strengthen and improve access to citizen-activated accountability mechanisms in response to a different type of problem or harm.

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Editor: Jessica Hickle, Research Officer

Contributing Authors

  • Uchechi Anyanwu, International Foundation for Electoral Systems
  • Alexandra Brown, International Foundation for Electoral Systems
  • Andrew Ecclestone, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Katherine Ellena, International Foundation for Electoral Systems
  • Joseph Foti, Chief Research Officer, OGP
  • Jason Lakin, Zayed University
  • Richard Messick, Independent Consultant
  • Cielo Morales, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Paulina Ornelas, Research Associate, OGP

Additional Resources

  • Find the Global Report can be found here.
  • Find the whole Justice Policy Series here.


Comments (3)

Dr. Jose A. Pasquariello Reply

magnifico trabajo un gran aporte

Alfredo Delgado Reply

Buen día, he leído los documentos previos sobre “Series de Políticas de Justicia” y me parecen extraordinarios aportes para guiar los esfuerzos subnacionales encaminados a la implementación de esquemas de justicia abierta. Este tercer documento no es la excepción y me gustaría saber si es posible obtenerlo en su versión en español. Saludos


just a question about How can an Unconstitutional Enforced Law infringing several the Civil and Political fundamental Rights and Freedoms of an Innocent person become a lawful Convictions in a democratic Country governed by THE CONSTITUTIONS ACTS 1982 that guarantees the protection of every ones fundamental Rights and Freedoms pursuant with Canadian Bill of Rights S.C. 1960, c.44 An Act for the Recognition and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms,
Does it mean that an Enforced Law from a single malicious prosecutor is immune to criminal liability and has the protection of the department of justice that he can just prosecute an innocent man and supersede the Supreme law of Canada by enforcing a wrongful convictions caused by additional unjustified charges from failing to comply to an unconstitutional restrictions infringing an innocent man’s fundamental rights and freedoms

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