Accountability and Supply Chains

The global economy allows powerful actors to profit from the complex structures that organise the supply of labour and goods, often through the violation of fundamental rights of vulnerable populations including the use of slave or bonded labour.
GLAN is committed in finding innovative angles in challenging and addressing such violations, using the structures of the international system against those who abuse them. We aim to create new opportunities for the protection of human rights in these contexts.

The mass killing of civilians by drowning, pushing survivors back to camps they fled from, preventing their disembarkation at safe ports are not only human rights violations; they are crimes for which GLAN will continue to pursue accountability.

Omer Shatz, GLAN Legal Adviser,

Sciences Po and Yale Law School



The Uzbek-German Forum for Human Rights (UGF), with the support of the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), has filed a case against the UK government challenging EU trade measures which promote trade in cotton produced with forced labour in Uzbekistan. 



Survivors of medical mistreatment and torture in RCSI Bahrain - an Irish-accredited training hospital have spoken out. GLAN (with ADHRB and BIRD) -  has sent submissions to the UN Special Rapporteurs on health, torture, and human rights defenders in support.

September 16, 2019

GLAN in partnership with REDRESS and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) have written to the Irish Medical Council ahead of their re-accreditation of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Bahrain (RCSI-Bahrain) expected later this year. The Council is respons...

September 6, 2019

GLAN and theEuropean Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) released today, 6 September 2019, an open letter to Messe Berlin GmbH, the organiser of the leading Fruit Logistica trade show, and its Ombudsperson. The letter addresses allegations of illegal conduct by one...

January 15, 2019

The panel of the complaints mechanism for the German, Dutch and French development banks has ruled that a complaint submitted on 5 November 2018 by nine communities in the DR Congo is admissible. This means that the complaints mechanism will now begin a preliminary review process...

November 8, 2018


A North Korean labourer who endured years of slave-like conditions working for Polish company ‘Crist S.A.’, a supplier of a Dutch ship-building firm, has filed a legal complaint against the Dutch firm. It was argued that the Dutch firm knew about the inhumane, slave-like c...

November 7, 2018

Nine communities from the Democratic Republic of Congo have this week filed a complaint to the German Development Bank (DEG) over a century-long land conflict which they say has deprived them of not only their land but of their ability to adequately feed and house their families.


February 8, 2018

Civil society releases submission on normative framework, criteria for inclusion

The Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) are publicly releasing their joint submiss...

November 20, 2017

This note summarises insights from a meeting convened by the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) in collaboration with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Centre for Environment and Development (CED). The meeting aimed to kick-start a GLAN-led...

January 24, 2017

With January 24th being the Day of the Endangered Lawyer, GLAN has marked the occasion with a submission to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Inquiry into UK-China Relations. This submission discusses the systematic monitoring and repression of lawyers and the undermi...

June 7, 2016

For nearly two years GLAN has been pushing for the release of documents on the accreditation of 'Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland-Bahrain', an Irish branch campus. Ireland's Medical Council granted the facility full accreditation despite evidence of torture and breaches of med...

September 22, 2015

GLAN has sent a stakeholder's submission report to UN Human Rights Council ahead of Ireland's review in 2016. The submission highlights serious shortcomings in the public oversight of a Bahraini education program operated by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). Documen...

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