We seek to expand the use of human rights law to protect people who find themselves trapped in exploitative relationships with those who hold more economic power.
Our work on economic issues ranges from strengthening protections for migrant workers to promoting human rights standards in consumer and mortgage lending.
We work with migrant workers in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, both to challenge mistreatment by abusive employers, and to strengthen their ability to seek legal remedies in their home countries. In Europe, we have promoted the application of human rights standards in home repossession proceedings in Ireland, and we are exploring how human rights arguments can be used to combat abusive lending practices across the European Union.
Strategic Litigation Impacts: Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights
This comparative study examines the ways indigenous communities in Malaysia, Paraguay, and Kenya and their advocates are using litigation in an effort to defend their rights and win compensation.
Losing their Land, Indigenous Peoples Turn to the Courts
Paraguay's Yakye Axa people lost control over their traditional forest lands to cattle ranchers and soy farms. A new report looks at their efforts to use litigation to claim compensation.
High Court in Ireland Confirms Protections of EU Law in Home Repossession
A ruling from Ireland highest civil court underlines the need for Irish courts to take into account the impact of home repossession on private and family life.
APDHE v. Obiang Family
This case before a Spanish court involves massive sums of money allegedly diverted by the President of Equatorial Guinea to buy property in Spain and the Canary Islands for his family.
To Tackle Inequality, We Need New Thinking on Tax Havens
Three global trends require us to look more closely at how tax havens are distorting the the world’s economy and fueling growing economic inequalities.
Case Digests: The European Debt Crisis and Human Rights
Read summaries of important decisions related to the European Debt Crisis, including statements from UN and Council of Europe officials, and decisions of national and regional courts.
Case Watch: Europe’s Economic Crisis Goes to Court
As Europe's economic downturns continues, the courts are being called upon to adjudicate social justice issues.
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