Dr Gearóid Ó Cuinn (Director)

Gearóid is director of the Global Legal Action Network where he is responsible for GLAN's legal actions and strategic growth. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Transnational Law Institute at Kings College London, an adjunct lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights and formerly lectured at Lancaster University Law School. His academic research focuses on public international law, human rights and public health governance. He has worked directly with human rights groups in Palestine and Syria and provided legal support for numerous NGO's internationally. Gearóid was educated at the National University of Ireland, Galway (LLB), University of Nottingham (LLM) where he completed his doctorate and was funded by the Wellcome Trust. Gearóid has active links with the legal profession and is interested in new avenues in clinical legal education, especially within public international law and the use of technologies in pro bono legal work.

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Gerry Liston (Legal Officer)

Gerry’s role as Legal Officer with GLAN covers a broad range of issues. He leads our work on challenging the trade in goods produced with forced labour, most recently focusing on EU trade measures which relate to cotton produced with forced labour in Uzbekistan. Gerry also manages our climate change litigation work which explores the possibility of taking cases against multiple States to international courts, challenging their failure to properly tackle climate change. In addition, Gerry works on seeking accountability for torture and other serious human rights violations. In 2016, he helped to initiate a private prosecution brought in the Irish courts against the Attorney General of Bahrain on behalf of a Bahraini torture survivor. Gerry has also assisted in the drafting of two Bills in the Irish parliament – the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill which requires Ireland’s sovereign wealth fund to divest from fossil fuels (a world first) and the Occupied Territories Bill which, if enacted, will prohibit certain trade with occupied territories. Gerry is a qualified solicitor in Ireland and holds an LLM from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, where he is currently a part-time PhD student.

Dearbhla Minogue (Legal Officer)

Dearbhla Minogue is a legal officer with GLAN and a consultant solicitor with Bindmans LLP. She leads the GLAN Yemen project, working with Yemeni and international colleagues on the identification, preservation and collation of evidence of international law violations there. In addition to Yemen work, Dearbhla acts in her capacity as a solicitor on our modern slavery action against the U.K. government, and works on the UK aspects of our migration work. She also works with the GLAN team on corporate supply chain and accountability actions. Prior to joining GLAN, Dearbhla worked in a legal aid firm in London, representing individuals in claims against public bodies. She is also an executive committee member of Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights. 


Dearbhla also takes the lead on GLAN’s digital security practices. She can be contacted using PGP encryption below or on email (hosted by Protonmail) at dminogue@glanlaw.org. Queries concerning security and data protection can be directed to her.  

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Dr Rita Mota (Legal Researcher)

Rita works on GLAN's climate change legal actions. She has a PhD in Law from King’s College London, an LLM from Católica Global School of Law, and a Law degree from the University of Lisbon. Her doctoral work focused on the relationship between international investment and the cultural rights of indigenous peoples. She is a Research Fellow at Oxford Saïd Business School, where she conducts research on business ethics. She is particularly interested in the human rights obligations of businesses, corporate moral agency, the ethics of corporate communications, and moral learning in organisations. She was a Visiting Lecturer in EU Law at King’s and a Teaching Assistant in Governance and Ethics at Oxford Saïd. She is a member of the Global Business and Human Rights Scholars Association.

Michele Tedeschini (Legal Researcher)

Michele Tedeschini joined GLAN in 2017, supporting the organisation's submissions to the Committee against Torture. He subsequently worked on the report concerning the position of the Attorney General of Bahrain within the International Association of Prosecutors. Michele is a PhD candidate at SOAS - University of London, where he is the recipient of an SOAS Research Studentship. His doctoral studies focus on the process of formation of norms of customary human rights law. In 2014 Michele obtained an LLM from University College London, specialising in International Criminal Law and International Law of the Sea. He had previously graduated in law from the University of Modena, presenting a dissertation on the legal challenges raised by the phenomenon of Somali piracy. 

Hayden Fairburn (Legal Researcher)

Hayden joined GLAN in 2016 and coordinates GLAN's land grabbing incubator. Hayden is currently a paralegal in the strategic litigation department at Just for Kids Law, aiming to improve how the criminal justice system treats children and young people. Previously, Hayden obtained an LLM in Transnational Law at King's College London and worked there as a research assistant investigating the legal, ethical and technical implications of using data analytics in the public sector.

Noemi Magugliani (Legal Researcher)

Noemi supports and coordinates GLAN's work on migration and border violence. She is a doctoral candidate at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway researching 'Adult male victims of trafficking, gendered constructions of vulnerability and access to protection in Italy and the UK'. She is also a consultant with the International Organisation for Migration on the Displacement Tracking Matrix project. Noemi previously worked with Nasc Ireland, providing legal advice in the field of immigration law; with Dartmouth College as a Teaching Assistant; and with the Municipality of Milan in the field of international development. She is a graduate of the University of Milan (BA in International Relations and Political Science), the College of Milan and University College Cork (LLM in International Human Rights Law and Public Policy).

Farnush Ghadery (Legal Researcher)

Farnush Ghadery coordinates GLAN’s organisational development and GLAN's intern introduction, in addition to providing legal support on multiple actions. Farnush is a PhD Candidate and Visiting Lecturer at King’s College London, where she also completed her LLM in Transnational Law. She teaches Transnational Legal Feminism as well as Transnational Law and her PhD project focuses on the Women, Peace and Security agenda of the United Nations, particularly its objective of advancing women’s rights and participation in post-conflict states. Additionally, Farnush works as a research assistant at the Transnational Law Institute where she is responsible for research, article review and content preparation of the institute’s events, including the multi-stakeholder Transnational Law Summit 2018. Farnush was a recipient of the International Academic Research Fellowship 2014 at the Ananta Aspen Centre, New Delhi. 

Kate Bermingham (Communications Advisor)

Kate advises GLAN on communications and PR strategy. She has several years' experience in journalism and PR, working for London-based charities and public sector organisations. She has a BA (Hons) in American studies from the University of Reading, a PG (Dip) in journalism from the University of Westminster, and an LLM in international human rights law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights (NUIG). 

Fabio Natali (Data Security Advisor)

Fabio Natali is a London-based information security trainer, software developer and consultant. He has a BSc in Mathematics (University of Pisa) and an MA in Digital Culture (Goldsmiths University, London). Fabio's interests lie at the intersection of technology, ethics, and politics. He works as a director at Reckon Digital, a software company specialised in AI and its application to complex industrial and business operations. As an information security consultant, he has worked with and provided support to organisations from sectors such as investigative journalism, human rights, and activism, from the UK and abroad.

David Scott (Legal Clinic Officer)

David leads GLAN's clinical partnership at the Manchester International Law Centre, University of Manchester where is also a is a PhD candidate researching the turn away from the state in contemporary international law literature.  David obtained an LLM from the University of Helsinki, Finland and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He has lectured at the Universities of Glasgow, Helsinki, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, and on the Philip C Jessup Moot Court Summer School at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. He has worked at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg as a researcher on fair trial rights under the ECHR at the University of Zurich and as a stagiaire with the Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. 

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Past researchers

Shane Huges, Sinéad Devane, Thomas Jones, Matthew Rosencranz, Ruairí McDermott, Julia Czaplinska, Sofia Khan, Jason McGoldrick, Amy Hayes, Anan AbuShanab, Katie Lucia Keegan, James Lewis, Georgia Frimpong, Anthony Humphreys, Gill Quinn, Sarah Lambert, Jessica Lambert, Patricia Nilsson, Pat de Brún, Stephen Cox, Aisha Salami

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