Civil society is to a great extent the only reliable motor for driving institutions to change at the pace required (IPCC, 2018: 352). With increasing impacts of climate change and insufficient institutional change, much depends on the capacity of civil society and the legal mobilisation of communities to press for a deeper re-ordering of our socio-economic structures. This workshop creates a space for exploratory exchanges on how to enable and amplify the influence of communities and civil societies through law. Organised by Professor Christina Eckes (UvA) and Professor Phillip Paiement (Tilburg).


Three decades of community lawyering: Reading Gerald Lopez’s Rebellious Lawyering
A group discussion focused on a selection of Gerald Lopez’s Rebellious Lawyering, a classic early account of frontline, community legal practice, oriented towards the evolution of community, public interest, and frontline legal mobilizations over three decades and into the present climate and environmental crises.

Comparative accounts of frontline legal mobilizations in regional contexts
A roundtable engaging lawyers from different regional contexts, including legal mobilization for land rights in Africa and counter-authoritarian and environmental rights legal mobilization in South America, as well as community driven climate justice from the South Pacific.

Mobilizing across Global Value Chains: where community legal practice meets global economy
A roundtable reflecting on the opportunities that global value chains offer for legal mobilization and the opportunities and challenges that arise from working in between the sites of powerful economic actors and the communities exposed to their value chains.