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Gearoid O'Cuinn

Added on: Apr 26, 2019

Last Updated: May 08, 2019

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We pursue innovative international legal actions challenging states and other powerful actors involved in human rights violations

Our mission: GLAN pursues innovative international legal actions, challenging states and other powerful actors involved with human rights violations.


What we do: GLAN is committed to the innovative use of law to achieve positive human rights change. We develop legal interventions from outside the jurisdictions where individuals and communities suffer injustice. Our actions address the most pressing instances of international injustice that are a consequence of global inequality; they fall within the following themes:

War and occupation | Accountability and supply chains

Environmental and economic justice | Migration and border violence


Who we are: We are a team of committed lawyers who seek to break new ground through international legal actions addressing human rights violations. Our work is guided by GLAN’s Legal Action Committee, a diverse and select team of experts drawn from legal practice, academia and investigative journalism. They voluntarily provide their expertise and connections to shape and develop GLAN’s actions.  Through an international network of members, universities and grassroots organisations, we mobilize insights from both research and practice to develop impactful transnational legal actions. Our work is supported by formal connections with leading law schools that strengthen our ability to take on ambitious cases.  It is this rich infrastructure that allows us to develop cases that push beyond the limits of conventional human rights litigation.


Gearoid O'Cuinn

Gearóid is director of the Global Legal Action Network where he is responsible for GLAN's legal actions and strategic growth. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Transnational Law Institute at Kings College London, an adjunct lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights and previously lectured at Lancaster University Law School. His academic research focuses on public international law, human rights and public health governance. He has worked directly with human rights groups in Palestine and Syria and provided legal support for numerous NGO's internationally. Gearóid was educated at the National University of Ireland, Galway (LLB), University of Nottingham (LLM) where he completed his doctorate and was funded by the Wellcome Trust. Gearóid has active links with the legal profession and is interested in new avenues in clinical legal education, especially within public international law and the use of technologies in pro bono legal work.