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.

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 Oxford Human Rights Hub

Hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue are lost to governments – and particularly those of developing countries – annually as...

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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 returning to their devastated homes.

The government also took advantage of the disruption caused by the hurricane to push through new laws giving them the...

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 before initiating the mediation process requested by the communities to resolve their long-standing land conflict with Plantations et Huileries du Co...

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 complaint alleges that the company failed to ensure that it has the consent of the Western Saharan people before drilling for oil on their land....

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 buildings were destroyed. Barely habitable. Barbuda residents flee,” the BBC reported a few days after hurricane Irma. Wikipedia, today, a year later, sta...

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 face much more than climate change and intense natural events. After being forcefully relocated to Antigua during the hurricane residents made it bac...

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 by GLAN, seeks to align with Ireland’s climate change commitments agreed in the Paris Agreement on global warming. It will compel the Ireland Strate...

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 process aimed at exploring collaborative options to support communities in harnessing the law for promoting transnational accountability in the cont...

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 the European Court of Human Rights. It will be argued that the countries signed up to the court must significantly strengthen their emissions cutting...

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