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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Aislinn Kelly-Lyth (Legal Researcher)
As a Legal Researcher at GLAN, Aislinn has worked on areas such as international tax justice and supply chain due diligence. She is broadly interested in identifying innovative ways to tackle rights abuses, and is passionate about GLAN’s mission. While working with GLAN, Aislinn is also studying for the bar as the Middle Temple Queen’s Scholar. She previously completed her undergraduate law degree at the University of Cambridge, and her LLM at Harvard Law School as a Kennedy Scholar. Aislinn has previously worked with Voluntary Services Overseas on unsafe labour migration at the Cambodian/Thai border.
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).
Amanda Brown (Legal Researcher)
Amanda Brown is a legal researcher with GLAN, working on issues related to migration and border violence. She holds a JD from UCLA School of Law with specializations in Critical Race Studies, Public Interest Law and Policy, and International and Comparative Law, an MSc from the Social Policy Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Colgate University. Amanda is the recipient of a University of California Public Service Law Fellowship, supported by the Promise Institute for Human Rights, through which she is currently working as a Legal Trainee on the Migration team of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR). Amanda is most interested in migration, asylum, maritime and human rights law, particularly as related to decolonization and anti-subordination. She has previously worked with various organizations on projects relating to statelessness, sea rescue, immigration and asylum services, post-resettlement inclusion programs, and human rights accountability in the context of migration governance.
Niamh Keady-Tabbal (Legal Researcher)
Niamh is a Ph.D. researcher at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway and recipient of the NUI Dr. Peter Sutherland Travelling Studentship in European Studies. Her research focuses on human rights, migration and refugee law, particularly on access to asylum procedures and border violence on the Aegean. She has investigated pushbacks at the Greek maritime border and is involved in a recent submission to the European Court of Human Rights challenging these practices. Niamh has previously worked with refugees and asylum-seekers through a range of non-governmental organisations in Greece. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (BA in Middle Eastern Studies and French) and NUI Galway (LLM in International Human Rights Law).
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.