Migration and Border Violence

Migrants, asylum seekers and refugees are vulnerable individuals exposed to fundamental abuses of human rights. They are also struggling against the structures of inequality that compel them to migrate. Our legal strategies challenge the fast-changing policies that result in various forms of violence being inflicted on this vulnerable population.

We use a variety of innovative legal methods, ranging from human rights and refugee law, to international criminal law, to challenge the many forms of violence against the perpetrators of these violations.

The criminalisation of humanitarian organisations and the parallel retreat of EU rescue assets from the Mediterranean have created a vacuum, which the Libyan Coast Guard is not capable of - nor suitable to - fill.

Noemi Magugliani, GLAN Legal Researcher



Complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee on behalf of an individual whose journey from Libya was intercepted in the high seas by a merchant vessel.



Application filed against Italy with the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of seventeen survivors of a violent push-back at sea in 2017.



GLAN filed an application with the European Court of Human Rights challenging the illegality of the Greek authorities’  crackdown on human rights defenders.



GLAN & Stanford International Human Rights Clinic's communication to International Criminal Court calling for an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity committed in Nauru and Manus Island.

December 18, 2019

GLAN filed a complaint against Italy with the UN Human Rights Committee on behalf of an individual whose journey from Libya was intercepted in the high seas by the Panamanian merchant vessel, the Nivin. The complaint is the first submitted to an international human rights forum ai...

December 11, 2019

For years, the Greek authorities have been involved in informal, forcible removals (pushbacks) of migrants and asylum-seekers who enter Greece through its border with Turkey on the Evros river. The scale and violence of these pushbacks has intensified, while European institutions...

April 18, 2019

Following a two-and-a-half-year legal ordeal in Greek courts, Salam Kamal-Aldeen, founder of the non-profit Team Humanity, has filed an unprecedented application with the European Court of Human Rights challenging Greece’s crackdown on NGOs rescuing refugees at sea. (More on Salam...

September 13, 2018

GLAN members Dr. Violeta Moreno-Lax and Dr. Itamar Mann appeared before members of the German parliament today, to address migrant drownings in the Mediterranean along with   organizations such as Amnesty International, Proactiva Open Arms, the Alarm Phone Network, and our collabo...

May 8, 2018

Screengrab from Forensic Oceanography's reconstruction of fatal maritime incident

Seventeen survivors of a fatal incident in which a boat carrying migrants found itself in distress off the coast of Libya filed an application against Italy today with the European Court of Human Righ...

April 15, 2018

On Sunday, April 15, 2018 GLAN wrote to warn officials from both Israel and Uganda on the possible international criminal legal ramifications of systematic forcible deportation of African asylum seekers to Uganda. Israel has claimed the two countries intend to go forward with the...

GLAN is teaming up with Goldsmiths University’s Centre for Research Architecture and Forensic Architecture to map, visualise and investigate the Australian practice of push-backs of asylum-seeker boats.

On 13 February 2017, in collaboration with the Stanford International Human Ri...

February 13, 2017

GLAN and the Stanford International Human Rights Clinic have submitted a communication to the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court. With input from an international coalition of legal experts the petition calls for an investigation into alleged crimes again...

July 26, 2016

The company that has taken over the management of Australia’s offshore immigration detention regime has been warned by international law experts that its employees could be liable for crimes against humanity.

Spanish infrastructure corporation Ferrovial, which is owned by one of th...

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