Human rights abuses, and the pursuit of accountability and justice, grow ever more complex in the increasingly interconnected geopolitics and economies of the 21st century. These violations are transnational, multi-sectoral, and perpetrated by private corporations, individuals, and governments exploiting technology, economics, and failures in the rule of law. Inspired by a dissatisfaction with the shortcomings of academia and practice, the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) was established to design innovative legal actions that respond transnationally to today’s human rights violations and systems of injustice. Through an international network of members drawn from investigative journalism, legal practice, universities and grassroots organisations, GLAN has attempted to mobilise critical and socio-legal lawyering as well as new technological developments into the pursuit of it legal actions. The practical challenges of this cross border work will be explored through a selection of GLAN’s projects tackling climate change injustice; forced labour and supply chains and impunity for grave civilian harm in Yemen.
Dr Gearóid Ó Cuinn is director of the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) where he is responsible for the organisations 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 accountability and public health governance. He has worked directly with human rights groups in Palestine and Syria and provides 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 with generous support from the Wellcome Trust.