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Executive Team

Dr Gearóid Ó Cuinn (Director)

Gearóid is the founding director of the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) where he is responsible for GLAN's legal actions and strategic growth. He is an adjunct lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights and formerly lectured at Lancaster University Law School and was a visiting fellow at the Transnational Law Institute at Kings College London. Gearóid was educated at the National University of Ireland, Galway (LLB), University of Nottingham (LLM) where he also completed his doctorate which was funded by the Wellcome Trust. His academic research focuses on public international law, human rights and public health governance. 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.

Amy Franklin (Chief Operations Officer)

Amy is GLAN’s Chief Operations Officer, assisting the leadership team in implementing the organisation’s strategy, securing the organisation’s recent expansion, and supporting potential future growth. She is responsible for the teams delivering core services including Finance, HR, Fundraising, Communications and Governance. Amy is based in the UK on the North Norfolk coast and has twenty years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector both on income generation and delivery of services, for large and small organisations including Alzheimer’s Society & Walking With The Wounded. Amy has a bachelor’s degree in law and a particular interest in impact data & how that can be used to showcase the outcomes achieved by GLAN. Amy is also a Trustee of a local charity supporting older people.  

Gerry Liston (Senior Lawyer)

Gerry Liston is a Senior Lawyer with GLAN. He oversees our work on climate change litigation and developed and led the ground-breaking Youth4ClimateJustice case against 32 States before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. Currently, his work in this area involves pursuing or supporting climate cases, which are ongoing or under development, before both the EU’s courts and a number of domestic courts.

Gerry’s work also focuses significantly on the application of proceeds of crime and anti-money laundering legislation to investments and other commercial activities linked to serious environmental or human rights abuses. Most recently in this area, he led the filing of a complaint to Ireland’s Criminal Assets Bureau against the Irish sovereign wealth fund in relation to investments it holds in companies operating in Israel’s settlements illegally established on occupied Palestinian territory.

Gerry has also supported the drafting of and advocacy around a number of Private Members Bills in the Oireachtas (Irish parliament). These include the Occupied Territories Bill to prohibit trade with settlements illegally established on occupied territories and the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill which, when enacted, became the first piece of legislation in the world to require a sovereign wealth fund to divest from fossil fuel companies and resulted in divestments from 38 companies.

Gerry is a qualified solicitor in Ireland and holds an LLM from the Irish Centre for Human Rights.

Dearbhla Minogue (Senior Lawyer)

Dearbhla Minogue is a Senior Lawyer 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 Queries concerning security and data protection can be directed to her.  

Charlotte Andrews-Briscoe (Lawyer)

Charlotte is a Lawyer with GLAN and consultant at Bindmans LLP. Charlotte works closely with Dearbhla, Siobhan and GLAN’s partner Bellingcat, on the collation and verification of open source digital evidence of international law violations for use in litigation. Charlotte works on GLAN’s U.K.-based public law litigation, for example in relation to supply chain accountability or challenging arms sales where there is evidence of systemic violations of International Humanitarian Law. Charlotte led GLAN’s complaints against Glencore, BHP and Anglo-American, filed with four OECD National Contact Points regarding human rights abuses and environmental devastation at the Cerrejón coal mine in La Guajira, Colombia. Prior to joining GLAN, Charlotte worked as a Research and Advocacy Fellow at the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide, where she assisted with the representation of U.S. death row prisoners in domestic and international courts. She worked as a Legal Officer with Justice Defenders where she ran 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. She has been called to the Bar of England and Wales.

Stéphanie Caligara (Consultant)

Stéphanie is a Lawyer 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).

Beatrice Ofosu-Amaah (Finance Manager)

Beatrice is a seasoned Finance Manager with a proven track record of success in managing the financial operations of organisations across various sectors. As the Finance Manager at GLAN, Beatrice oversees all aspects of financial management, including budgeting, reporting, auditing, compliance, and strategic planning. As a vital member of the executive team, she contributes her expertise to the development of financial strategies aimed at ensuring the long-term stability and growth of GLAN. With a background in finance and a passion for non-profit work, Beatrice brings a unique perspective to her role. She is a CIMA qualified Management Accountant, reflecting her dedication to excellence in financial management. Prior to joining GLAN, Beatrice gained valuable experience in the independent education sector, hospitality, and the non-profit sector, notably with a homelessness charity. Beatrice’s diverse experience, coupled with her strong financial acumen and commitment to making a positive impact, positions her as a valuable asset. Her leadership and dedication to financial integrity make her an integral part of GLAN’s mission to create meaningful change to the lives of individuals.

Rochelle Ferguson (Development Lead)

As Development Lead at GLAN, Rochelle is responsible for income generation and grant management across our key thematic areas.  Having raised in excess of £10 million for NGOs, she specializes in securing income from charitable trusts, corporate foundations and institutional grants.  She holds a Master of Science degree in Humanitarianism, Conflict and Development from Bath University.  With a special interest in irregular migration, her research has focused on issues facing refugees and the impacts EU’s interference with the transnational Mediterranean route has had on West African migrants, she has spent time in refugee camps in Jordan meeting with UNHCR and government leaders on issues affecting refugees and host countries.

Tom Rawicz-Szczerbo (Digital Forensic Lead)

As the Digital Forensic Lead at GLAN, Tom's responsibilities include the design and maintenance of forensic systems, focusing on the development of conceptual models and processes that can assist in the capture of Open-Source Information for use in Court. Having performed Digital Forensics roles in both the private and public sectors, Tom has experience in the acquisition and preservation of large datasets for their use in criminal and civil matters. Tom has an MSc in Digital Forensics from Cranfield University and has attended multiple certified courses focusing on the forensic acquisition and analysis of data from a range of sources. Tom is interested in the different ways technology can be used in the legal sector to assist in the investigative process and the generation of evidential products.

Sarah O'Malley (Lawyer)

Sarah is a Lawyer with GLAN, she is passionate about holding powerful actors accountable for their involvement in environmental and human rights abuses and is dedicated to closing the impunity gap. Prior to joining GLAN, she worked on criminal justice, international law and human rights issues for NGOs, government and at international criminal tribunals. Sarah holds an LL.B in Law and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin and an LL.M in International Criminal Law from the University of Amsterdam and Columbia University, New York. She was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2018 and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Socialist Lawyers’ Association of Ireland.

Grace Tierney (Funding Officer)

Grace is GLAN’s Funding Officer, supporting the core team to ensure that GLAN is able to do its important work. Prior to joining GLAN she was the funding lead at both the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and Suas Educational Development. Grace holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology from Trinity College Dublin, a Masters Degree in Public Policy from University College Dublin, and a BL from the Honourable Society of Kings Inns. Grace is a practicing Barrister in Ireland specialising in immigration and asylum law.

Leanna Burnard (Lawyer)

Leanna is a Lawyer with GLAN where she focuses on using proceeds of crimes laws as a form of accountability for environmental harm and human rights violations. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of the NGO Action on Armed Violence. Prior to joining GLAN, Leanna was a Legal Advisor at REDRESS, where she led on the financial accountability project and securing the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was held hostage in Iran for six years. She was previously based in Iraq, building prosecution cases against members of ISIS for the Yazidi genocide, and worked for several years prior as a criminal defence lawyer for Aboriginal people in the Australian outback. Her passion for human rights has led her to volunteer in a Palestinian refugee camp in the West Bank, a human rights office in South Africa, Australia’s refugee detention centre on Christmas Island, and at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Leanna has an LL.M. in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the Geneva Academy and bachelor’s degrees in law and journalism from Australia.

Abigail Casey (Campaigns Coordinator)

Abigail Casey is the Campaigns Coordinator at GLAN, where she leads communications campaigns across all thematic areas. She holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict, and Development from SOAS, University of London. Abigail has a strong background in campaigning for rights-based accountability, particularly around global maternal, sexual and reproductive health and with UK charities working to end homelessness. She is passionate about strategic campaigns and projects that are rights focused, and community-led work that is truly collaborative. Abigail has volunteered with the British Red Cross and Refugee Action, supporting undocumented people, refugees, and asylum seekers.

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