We work to radically transform how the law works for communities fighting for racial, social, and economic justice

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.

We work across three key areas to build and maintain the systems change that we need.  

Building the power of organisations and movements fighting for justice and equality


Launching community-driven litigation


Scaling impact by promoting equitable working models with other litigators

Building the power of organisations and movements fighting for justice and equality

Right now, many local community groups do not have the knowledge or tools to make informed choices about incorporating litigation as a tool for change. We are developing resources based on the needs of organisations and movements, so they can better decide if and how to integrate strategic litigation in their causes and campaigns.  

Read more about our 5-step process to kickstart this work here.  

Community-driven litigation

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. 

Building a Community of Practice with litigators

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 a Community of Practice here 

Where we work

Our work is currently focused on Europe (Council of Europe area), with a view to expanding to other regions in a few years’ time.  

What we work on

Our litigation work:  

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 summer 2022, to help us determine the initial thematic focus of our work. You can read more here. 

To make sure our work meets the needs of activists and movements, Systemic Justice held a series of six thematic roundtables during April-July 2022, convening a total of approximately 100 organisations, movements, and community groups.

The roundtables covered six themes: climate justice; anti-racism; social protection; policing; access to justice; and free movement.

Get in touch

If you’re interested in collaborating with Systemic Justice or have a question about our work, please get in touch on info@systemicjustice.ngo.

You can find an overview of our team and collaborators here and more ways to contact us here.

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