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.
Using Human Rights to Challenge a Home Repossession Order in Romania
A Romanian court is being asked whether the safeguards of the European Union's rights charter apply when people face the loss of their home, after falling into arrears on mortgage payments.
To Strengthen the Rule of Law, Protect the Independence of Prosecutors
The case of Laura Codruţa Kövesi at the European Court of Human Rights underlines the importance of prosecutorial independence in protecting the rule of law.
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.
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