Thousands of communities around the world face loss and damage of their lands and natural resources as a result of mines, infrastructure projects, plantations and other large-scale resource developments. Local and national advocates are courageously working to protect communities’ rights. Sometimes international lawyers can help.
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Lawyers for Resource Justice is a collaboration between Namati, International Senior Lawyers Project and Avaaz. We connect national and grassroots organizations with high-level international lawyers who can provide customized legal support, advice, training and leverage in international jurisdictions. Working together, local organizations and volunteer lawyers develop legal strategies to help communities prevent or remedy damages from large-scale resource development projects.
With the right support, vulnerable communities can use the law to protect their interests and have a voice in the global economy – even when facing powerful investors. Read about how international lawyers can help in the stories below.
In Kenya, international lawyers are empowering Kerio Valley communities to negotiate a fair deal with an oil developer.
In Liberia, international lawyers are helping a local NGO develop skills and strategies to negotiate community benefit agreements and grow its new legal department.
In Cambodia, international lawyers are supporting farmers from the Koh Kong province to challenge a local land grab in the English High Court of Justice.
International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) has a global volunteer cadre of 2000 legal experts from civil and common law legal systems that provide pro bono support in all areas of law. In this initiative, ISLP lawyers provide legal support to grassroots organizations such as representation in negotiations with multinational firms; investigation of investors’ compliance; training; or bringing cases to international tribunals.
Namati is building a movement of grassroots legal advocates who work with communities to advance justice.
Avaaz is the world’s largest online advocacy community, with over 30 million members. In this initiative, Avaaz assists with strategy, research, and, as appropriate and requested by clients, collaborates on global campaigns to support affected communities.
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