Environmental and Economic Justice

GLAN considers the most fundamental violations of human rights to be structural and longstanding.
The ability for individuals to lead healthy and secure lives is undermined by systems of economic exploitation and environmental harm. Climate change, and the effects it will have on the poorest populations, is perhaps the major challenge the international (legal) system is facing. We are determined to mobilise our expertise in innovative ways to challenge those exacerbating, and profiting from, environmental and economic injustice.

Unless governments urgently take much stronger action to prevent the release of greenhouse gas emissions, it is only a matter of decades before we’ll be witnessing the catastrophic consequences of insufficient action.

Gearóid Ó Cuinn, Director of GLAN

July 17, 2019

Legal officer Gerry Liston on how an Advisory Opinion of the ICJ might bring clarity to the international legal obligations of “international assistance and co-operation” with a view to promoting tax justice globally. This article was originally posted on the blog of the Oxfo...

March 7, 2019

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The people of Barbuda, part of the larger state of Antigua and Barbuda, were evacuated after Hurricane Irma devastated the island in September 2017. A lack of reconstruction efforts prevented many Barbudans from retu...

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...

October 24, 2018

The Global Legal Action Network has submitted a formal complaint against San Leon Energy PLC today (24/10/2018) for violating the human rights of the people of Western Sahara, two-thirds of which Morocco controls by force and has sought to annex under its domestic law. The complai...

The people of Barbuda have always held their land in common. That land tenure system is now being threatened by financiers and their allies in the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Government, after Hurricane Irma brought the island to its knees in September 2017.

“95% of Barbuda's build...

September 6, 2018

Note from the author

One year ago Hurricane Irma hit the coasts of Barbuda, a small Caribbean island that was first occupied as a British colony in 1666 and eventually made a dependence of the twin island of Antigua in 1967. As a vulnerable island the people of Barbuda have had to...

July 12, 2018

Ireland is on track to become the first country in the world to divest public money from fossil fuel assets following a landmark vote in Ireland's Dáil (Parliament). 

The Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill, introduced by independent TD Thomas Pringle, whose drafting was led...

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...

September 24, 2017

Monday September 25th sees the launch of GLAN's crowdfunding campaign to help bring a potentially ground-breaking case.  We are helping six Portuguese children affected by devastating forest fires this summer take all of the major greenhouse gas emitting governments in Europe to t...

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