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.
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.
Siobhán Allen (Legal Officer)
Siobhán is a legal officer with GLAN and a consultant solicitor with Bindmans LLP. Her work focuses on the collation and verification of open source digital evidence of international law violations for use in litigation. Siobhán also works on supply chain accountability with a focus on goods produced through forced labour. She also leads GLANs work around tackling the human rights violations that intersect with global technology platforms and transnational educational accreditation.
Siobhán holds an LLB from Trinity College Dublin and is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales. She practised commercial dispute resolution at a leading international firm in the City before moving into human rights law. Siobhán has worked on human rights legal actions, including strategic litigation before the European Court of Human Rights, the African Commission, the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Before joining GLAN, Siobhán led a Refugee Status Determination practice in Cairo. Siobhán is also an accredited Immigration and Asylum practitioner in the UK and is one of the co-founders of the Refugee Clinic at the Human Rights Law Centre of the University of Nottingham. Siobhán is Vice Chair of the board of trustees of Womankind Worldwide.
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 email@example.com. Queries concerning security and data protection can be directed to her.
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Dr Rita Mota (Safeguarding Officer)
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.
Felix Luth (Legal Researcher)
Felix is a Legal Researcher at GLAN where he mainly focuses on the economic structures and actors that make major human rights violations and systematic injustice possible and profitable. In this context, he supports GLAN’s work on war and occupation, supply chains and environmental justice. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Transnational Law Institute of King’s College London and a PhD Candidate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. His academic research focuses upon problems at the intersection of international and domestic law, corporate responsibility, financial crime and human rights. From a methodological perspective, he is particularly interested in transnational law as a problem-oriented and flexible analytical framework.
Prior to joining GLAN, Felix worked at the international criminal justice NGO Civitas Maxima and in the public international law and white-collar crime practice groups of an international law firm in Geneva. Among others, he interned at the United Nations International Law Commission (assisting the Special Rapporteur on ‘Subsequent agreements and subsequent practice in relation to interpretation of treaties’) and High Commissioner for Refugees. He occasionally provides pro bono support on issues of international law to the Gender, Research & Advocacy Project at the Legal Assistance Centre Namibia. Felix holds a law degree from Humboldt-University Berlin (with a specialization in public international and European law) and a Certificate in Transnational Law from the University of Geneva.
Charlotte Andrews-Briscoe (Legal Officer)
As a Legal Officer at GLAN, Charlotte coordinates the complaints relating to human rights abuses and environmental pollution at the Cerrejón coal mine in Colombia. Prior to joining GLAN, Charlotte worked as a Research and Advocacy Fellow at the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide, where she conducted in-depth empirical research on capital punishment and assisted with the representation of U.S. death row prisoners in domestic and international courts. She has also worked as a Legal Officer with Justice Defenders where she helped to run a legal clinic in Luzira Upper Prison, the highest security prison in Uganda. Charlotte holds an LL.B. from Queen Mary University of London, and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, where she was a Frank Knox Scholar. While working with GLAN, Charlotte is also studying for the U.K. Bar as a Lincoln’s Inn Scholar.
Erika Hayes (Legal Officer)
Erika’s work as a Legal Officer mainly focuses on holding economic service providers accountable for enabling human rights abuses and accountability in supply chains. Erika is a qualified solicitor in Ireland, England and Wales and holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway. Erika previously practised in commercial law at a leading Dublin firm and in various legal roles in London. Erika has worked with human rights organisations in London and in Freetown, Sierra Leone, including on access to justice for women and on death penalty abolition advocacy.
Jasmine Rayée (Legal Officer)
Jasmine is a Legal Officer with GLAN where she works on climate change litigation and is part of the legal team representing the six youth applicants in the Duarte Agostinho case before the European Court of Human Rights. Jasmine is particularly interested in environmental justice as well as state accountability for serious crimes under international law.
Prior to joining GLAN, Jasmine was a qualified lawyer in international arbitration and litigation in Brussels. She is also a qualified attorney-at-law in common law (New York bar, 2019). Jasmine holds an LL.M. from Columbia Law School (2017) and Ghent University (2016). During her studies, Jasmine engaged in research for the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School on complicity and accountability of states for aid and assistance to states violating international human rights and humanitarian law. She also completed an externship at the UN Advocacy department of Human Rights Watch in New York, focusing on the role of commissions of inquiry in promoting accountability for serious crimes under international law.
Stéphanie Caligara (Legal Officer)
Stéphanie is a Legal Officer with GLAN. She is involved with GLAN’s climate change litigation and other cases involving business and human rights, international criminal law and public international law, she is a member of the legal team representing the youth applicants in the Duarte Agostinho case before the European Court of Human Rights. Stéphanie is an attorney admitted to the Bar in Paris, France (2017). Prior to joining GLAN, Stéphanie specialized in international commercial and investment arbitration, as well as public international law and practiced law in various high profile law firms in France, Austria and Switzerland. She has also completed several internships with NGOs and a permanent mission to the United Nations in Geneva during her studies. She holds a Master’s degree in international law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies and Development in Geneva, Switzerland (2015) as well as a Master’s degree in international law from Leiden University, the Netherlands (2013).