Members Gather for Strategic Litigation Working Group Strategy Meeting in Kampala, Uganda

Publish Date: 
Friday, January 10, 2020

Members of ESCR-Net’s Strategic Litigation Working Group (SLWG) met in Kampala, Uganda, in November 2019 for a strategy meeting. Co-hosted by Initiative for Social and Economic Rights, participants, spent three days critically evaluating the initiatives of the working group in recent years and deliberating on the direction and content of future work. Representatives from Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Amnesty International, Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia  (Argentina), Asociación Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente, Centre for Human Rights and Development (Mongolia), Dejusticia (Colombia), Dullah Omar Institute (South Africa), Global Initiative for ESCR, Minority Rights Group, Nazdeek and the Social Rights Advocacy Centre also engaged in a learning visit to a court in Uganda, observing litigation being pursued by ISER. The Kampala meeting enabled members to connect, learn from each other, and exchange ideas.

Among the highlights of the strategy meeting, members conducted a review of SLWG projects, explored means to further collective casework, discussed ways to support the functioning of international human rights institutions, debated methods of enforcement of case decisions, and built toward common understandings of global challenges to economic, social, cultural rights.

During the meeting, members spoke of the value of network spaces for dialogue, described by one participant as opportunities “transnational multicultural deliberative learning.” Another member appreciated developing shared analyses through SLWG activities, observing that, “strategies and approaches used in litigation in different contexts contribute to our ability to be creative and strategic in our litigation.” Members also reaffirmed the continuing importance of the network’s social movement-derived Common Charter for Collective Struggle, drawing from it to discuss the repression of human rights defenders, inequality, corporate capture, impoverishment amid abundance, and environmental degradation.

Inputs from the Kampala meeting will inform the SLWG’s action planning going forward and the design of collective projects for the coming years.

For further information on the meeting, please see the following report.