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IHRLG STRATEGIC HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYERING INITIATIVE
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Throughout the world, legal activism has become one of the preeminent modes for promoting human rights and creating transformative change. By incorporating innovative litigation strategies, community education and mobilization, research, and legislative advocacy, lawyers are having a greater impact on the development of society and the facilitation of community involvement in justice issues. However, these groups often have few resources, may face significant political pressure, may be geographically isolated and have limited access to information about effective strategies of the legal communities in neighboring states.

Identifying the need among practicing human rights lawyers and legal activists to share strategies and methodology, IHRLG partnered with organizations in Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Africa to hold four regional fora in 1999 and 2000. Promoting Justice, IHRLG's guide to strategic human rights lawyering, is the culmination of the regional fora, selected country studies of legal services, in-depth surveys of lawyers around the world and independent research.

IHRLG's country teams train and partner with legal practitioners and human rights defenders in using law to empower the disadvantaged, expand the political space for opposition, remove the obstacles to mobilization of civil society and give a voice to those who have been silenced in communities where oppression reigns or who have been marginalized as a result of systematic racism.

IHRLG also engages in legislative advocacy at the local, regional and international levels and has been involved in litigating numerous cases before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights throughout our 25-year history. Our efforts have included assisting Guatemalan activists in litigation before the Commission and providing legal assistance to local lawyers in Paraguay litigating cases involving executions, disappearances and torture.

Click on the links below to learn more about IHRLG strategic human rights lawyering:

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