Strategic litigation is a powerful tool that can be used alongside advocacy, campaigning, and policy work to help bring about systemic change. However, litigation is underutilised in movements working to address the structural inequalities in our society.
Systemic Justice was initiated by human rights lawyer Nani Jansen Reventlow who has more than 15 years of experience as a litigator. Prior to setting up Systemic Justice, Nani founded the Digital Freedom Fund, an organisation that advances digital rights through strategic litigation in Europe.
Strategic litigation — litigation that brings about structural change in regulation, policy, or practice — is more than filing a court case and hoping for the best. By carefully coordinating action on different fronts, including campaigning and generating public debate, litigation becomes an important catalyst in pushing causes forward which otherwise see little progress or attention.
We will build the power of organisations and movements fighting for justice and equality.
We will launch community-driven strategic litigation.
We will scale impact by promoting equitable working models with other litigators.
Through a community-centred approach, Systemic Justice will help level access to justice by 1) building the power of organisations and movements fighting for justice and equality; 2) launching community-driven strategic litigation; and 3) scaling impact by promoting equitable working models with the broader field of litigators.
By creating a truly participatory, open model of partnership, strategic litigation can not only strengthen existing campaigns for justice but also be a point of gravity around which solidarity and new campaigns are built. Instead of having lawyers take over and set the agenda, we will jointly develop community-driven litigation campaigns, opening up the law to those who need it the most.
Recognising that structural change takes time, Systemic Justice will enter long-term partnerships and develop strategies that tackle root causes rather than addressing merely the symptoms of unjust and unequal power structures. Our work will initially be focused on Europe and address issues across the digital and non-digital context.
To make sure our work meets the needs of activists and movements, Systemic Justice will will hold a series of six thematic roundtables during April-July 2022, convening a total of approximately 100 organisations, movements, and community groups.
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