Strategic litigation – a court case that can help change law, policy, or practice – is a powerful tool. It can be used alongside advocacy, campaigning, and policy work to help bring about systemic change. However, litigation is not commonly used in movements working to address the structural inequalities in our society.
We work across three key areas to build and maintain the systems change that we need.
Right now, many organisations, movements, and collectives (OMCs) do not have the knowledge or tools to make informed choices about using litigation as a tool for change. We are developing resources based on the needs of OMCs, so they can better decide if and how to integrate strategic litigation in their causes and campaigns.
Read more about our plans for 2023 here.
Courts can be powerful agents for change, but marginalised communities are often unable to leverage the full potential of litigation for their causes and campaigns. Instead of having lawyers take over and set the agenda, we are jointly developing community-driven litigation campaigns with our partners, opening up the law to those who need it the most.
Explore what we are doing to help level access to justice here.
There is a growing desire within the legal field to take a more community-focused approach in litigation work. We are working to harness that energy, and collaborating to create a new working model for how legal challenges run.
Have a look at our roadmap for the Community of Practice and our plans for 2023 here.
We currently work in Europe (Council of Europe), with a view to expanding to other regions in a few years’ time.
Just like the litigation campaigns we work on, we believe that our thematic focus should be determined by the communities facing racial, social, and economic injustice.
That’s why we conducted a consultation process that ended in the summer of 2022 to help us determine the initial thematic focus of our work. You can read more about the results of our community consultation process in our report “Surfacing Systemic (In)justices: A Community View.”
The consultation process surfaced climate justice and social protection as two of the most urgent areas of work for organisations, movements, and collectives working on racial, social and economic justice that are currently underserved by intersectional litigation. These two areas are the priority focus for our first litigation projects.
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