Talking Justice is a podcast series produced, edited, and sound mixed for Open Society Foundations consisting of stories from around the world about law, justice and human rights and hosted by James A. Goldston, executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative. Open Society Foundations' Justice Initiative Program advances the rule of law and legal protection of rights worldwide through advocacy, litigation, research, and the promotion of legal capacity. Talking Justice consist of two seasons containing six episodes each. Read more information about each episode below.

S2E6. Passing Judgement on Scott Turow's Testimony

Our experts pass verdict on Testimony, the new legal thriller from American author Scott Turow set against the background of the International Criminal Court. Published Aug, 2017

14 min. 

S2E5. The Unprecedented Trial of Teodorin Obiang

Talking Justice host Jim Goldston and guests examine the case of Equatorial Guinea Vice President Teodoro Obiang—the first senior public figure to go to trial for corruption outside his home country. Published Jul 3, 2017

14 min.

S2E4. Civil Society Under Attack

Civil Society Under Attack looks at how independent civil society groups are under attack in Hungary and around the world. Published June 5, 2017

23 min.

S2E3. Colombia’s Path to Peace

The conflict between the Colombian government and the rebel group FARC has been one of the world’s longest-running insurgencies. How will the latest agreement between the two sides balance demands for justice and peace? Published May 8, 2017

18 min.

S2E2. Equal Education in South Africa

In South Africa, a struggle to realize the constitutional right to education shows how activism and the law must work together to bring about a more just world. Published Mar 27, 2017

14 min. 

S2E1. Mexico’s Crisis of Impunity

The actions of President Donald Trump’s administration are provoking fears of a rising tide of intolerance in America—intolerance that manifests itself in insults, prejudice, and acts of violence. Across the country, organizations and individuals are mobilizing to fight back. Published Feb 13, 2017

18 min.

S1E6. Mexico’s Crisis of Impunity

A new report shows that Mexico continues to lack accountability for atrocities carried out not just by criminal gangs but by federal and state forces. Published June 27, 2016

16 min.

S1E5. Lessons From Bosnia

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia was set up in 1993 as war still raged in Bosnia. How will its lessons impact new efforts to promote peace through justice? May 31, 2016

17 min.

S1E4. The Long Road to the Extraordinary African Chambers

The trial of the former ruler of Chad, Hissène Habré, marks a remarkable success for international justice: it’s the first time a former African leader has been held to account for atrocity crimes before an African court. Published April 26, 2016

14 min.

S1E3. Corruption Busting in Guatemala

CICIG—the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala—was set up in 2007 after the government sought to confront the threat of organized crime groups that had infiltrated the police, the courts, and the prisons. How did this unique experiment in international justice help spark the country’s biggest-ever corruption case—and bring down the president?  Published Mar 23, 2016

14 min.


S1E2. The Aftermath of the Paris Attacks

Since Islamic extremists killed 130 people in Paris in November, France has been living under a state of emergency. But does the security crackdown risk alienating the Muslim minority whose support is vital for identifying potential threats?  Published Feb 29, 2016


S1E1. The Trial of Laurent Gbagbo

Laurent Gbagbo was overthrown as president of the Ivory Coast five years ago, after a brief and brutal civil conflict. Now he’s on trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC), accused of crimes against humanity. But critics say this is a case of one-sided justice—putting the ICC’s record in Africa in the spotlight once again. . Published Jan 25, 2016