A group of legal experts and advocates today launched the Global Strategic Litigation Council for Refugee Rights. The Council forms at a time when the rights of people on the move – including more than 20.7 million refugees – are under attack around the world. With a founding membership of twenty-eight groups and individuals drawn from every world region, the Council will serve as a hub for activists seeking to use strategic litigation and related legal advocacy to advance the protection of refugee rights and the consistent and progressive development of international law worldwide. The Council is the first of its kind to undertake coordinated transnational legal advocacy on the rights of refugees or other migrants.

Through the work of the Council, activists and academic experts working around the world will identify areas of opportunity for strategic litigation efforts and then help lawyers bringing cases that touch on these themes.

Working Group Priorities

GSLC Working Groups have identified the following affirmative litigation priorities: 

Legal Status & Lawful Stay

  • Access to long-term residency status/rights and citizenship
  • Discrimination among and between groups of refugees and refugees and other migrants
  • Non-refoulement (including extraterritorial application of the norm and broadening its scope via human rights law)
  • Rights related to integration (including privacy and family life/unity)

Detention & Due Process

  • Detention of children (including family detention)
  • Conditions of detention (including medical care)
  • Access to legal counsel
  • Alternatives to detention (and accompanying conditions and restrictions)

The Concept Note

GSLC Member Hub

Council Members have access to a private hub, which contains information about the working groups, Steering Committee meetings, and other pertinent information. This hub is password protected to ensure only Council Members have access.

Newsletters

The GSLC will send quarterly newsletters to all who are interested in receiving updates. 

Interested in joining the GSLC? Complete the below form.

Members of the GSLC

* denotes founding member

~ denotes member of the Steering Committee

+ denotes current Working Group co-chair

~ denotes member of the Secretariat

Organizational Members

  • ACLU National Prison Project
  • ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project
  • AFSC
  • Al Otro Lado
  • ALEF – Act for Human Rights
  • AMERA International
  • Association for Legal Intervention (SIP)
  • AsyLex
  • Asylum Access*+~
  • Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights
  • Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust*
  • Berkeley Law, Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law, Immigrant Justice & Climate Refugees
  • Cardozo School of Law
  • Caribbean Centre for Human Rights
  • Casa Monarca
  • Center for Gender & Refugee Studies
  • Center for the Human Rights of Children, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Center for Legal Aid Voice in Bulgaria
  • Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales*
  • Clínica Jurídica de Refugiados “Alaíde Foppa,” Universidad Iberoamericana
  • Cornell Law School Migration & Human Rights Program*~^
  • Cristosal*
  • Dejusticia*
  • Duroo Public Interest Lawyers*
  • East African Centre for Forced Migration and Displacement
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Asia
  • Front-LEX*
  • Georgetown Law
  • Global Legal Action Network*
  • Global Refugee Led Network
  • Global Rights Advocacy
  • Hexayurt Project
  • HIAS*+~
  • Human Rights Research League
  • Hungarian Helsinki Committee
  • Instituto para las Mujeres en la Migración*
  • International Detention Coalition*+
  • International Refugee Assistance Project*
  • Justice Center Hong Kong*
  • Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law
  • Kituo Cha Sheria*+~
  • Lebanese Center for Human Rights*+
  • Legal Clinic for Migrants at University of the Andes
  • Legal Services NYC
  • Migrant Center for Human Rights
  • Migration & Asylum Project*+~
  • NANSEN – The Belgian Refugee Council
  • NAV Consultores
  • Neighbors Link
  • New Women Connectors
  • NoPhotoZone Organization
  • Open Society Initiative for West Africa*
  • Open Society Justice Initiative*
  • Pilgrim Center for Reconciliation Uganda
  • PILNet
  • Project Demokratie Cafe Reutlingen
  • Refugee Consortium of Kenya*
  • Refugee Council of Australia*
  • Refugee Legal Support
  • Refugee Rights Litigation Project*
  • Refugee Solidarity Network
  • Refugiados Unidos*~
  • Refugee Welfare Association Cameroon (REWAC)
  • Save My Identity
  • Selendy and Gay
  • The National Justice Project
  • The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy — Legal Unit
  • University Network for Human Rights
  • University of Cape Town, Refugee Rights Unit
  • University of San Francisco Immigration & Deportation Defense Clinic
  • USC Law International Human Rights Clinic
  • Wayne State Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic
  • Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility*~^

Individual Members

  • Abiy Ashenafi
  • Adaeze Anah
  • Alex Tarzikhan
  • Alexandra Sideri
  • Alfredo Sánchez
  • Amanda Camargo
  • Amelia McGowan
  • Ana Sofía Flores Gómez
  • Andrew Boyle
  • Anna Lodeserto
  • Anna Shea
  • Antonina Cherevko
  • Arlene Amarante
  • Bastien Charaudeau Santomauro
  • Camila Robalino
  • Carlos Armando Coria Garcia
  • Carmen E. Atkins
  • Cavidan Soykan
  • Chelsea Bell
  • Christopher Boom
  • Cindy Galway Buys
  • Coline Schupfer
  • Cristina Garcia
  • Dana Schmalz
  • Daniel Naujoks
  • Daniel Van Lehman
  • David Thronson
  • Denise Gilman
  • Dr. Kepha Natolooka
  • Eileen Ma
  • Esperance Timothy Ogola
  • Evin Ekaete Umanah
  • Fatima Khan*
  • Fazal Abdali
  • Felisah Kilembe Mitambo
  • Fiona McKinnon
  • Giulia Raimondo
  • Grecia Pillaca Burga
  • Helen Zein Eddine
  • Hillary Kipnis
  • Itamar Mann*
  • Ivonne Garza
  • Jackson Chin
  • Janine Prantl
  • Javier Contreras Arreaga
  • Jennifer Moore
  • Jill Alpes
  • Jinan Bastaki
  • Jittawadee Chotinukul
  • Joan Zhu
  • Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum
  • Jonathan Klaaren
  • Jose Sieber
  • Julie Kornfeld
  • Justin Antonides
  • Justine Stefanelli
  • Kamran Sheikhi
  • Kate Ogg
  • Kif Augustine
  • Kirsteen Lau*
  • Leila Asadi
  • Linet Opiyo
  • Lou-Salomé Sorlin
  • Lupe Alberto Flores
  • Margaret Boyce-Furey
  • Margaux Bia
  • Maria Jose Peña Ospina
  • Maria Osullivan
  • Mariam Jamal
  • Mariana Olaizola Rosenblat
  • Martha Balaguera
  • Mary Hansel
  • Matthew Boaz
  • Max B.
  • Mekonnen Ayano
  • Melissa Stewar
  • Mirjam Twigt
  • Mohamed Farahat
  • Moshood Olanrewaju
  • Nik Tan
  • Paloma Griffin
  • Paras Zafar Samo
  • Penelope Mathew
  • Philippe De Bruycker
  • Ranit Mishori
  • Rebecca Mahabir
  • Regine Lotlikar
  • Reni Biswas Axelrod
  • Richard Towle
  • Rosanna Eugenio
  • SangYeob Kim
  • Sarah Paoletti
  • Shana Tabak*
  • Sheldon Novick
  • Shikha Garg
  • Simona Capisani
  • Stacy Caplow
  • Tania Agosti
  • Tien Wei Yang Chen
  • Trevor Rice
  • Yonas Nebiyeloul-Kifle
  • Yukari Ando
  • Zohal Khan
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