Environmental Defender Law centre – Finding lawyers, providing resources, giving grants

The Environmental Defender Law Center has been working since 2003 to protect the human rights of people in developing countries fighting against harm to their environment. They have a new website, which collects all the work and assistance and programs they run, in both English and Spanish versions.

The website describes EDLC’s three main program areas- Finding Lawyers, Providing Resources, and Giving Grants– and provides profiles of cases brought to Fight Rights Abuses, Remedy Health Harms, Protect Land Rights, and Tackle New Threats. There are profiles including cases involving torture of mining opponents in Peru, health harms from iron smelters in Brazil and land grabbing in Colombia.

EDLC and the lawyers it has recruited have advocated, litigated, and negotiated in sixty countries on behalf of environmental defenders. Highlights include:

  • The largest case in continental Europe for health harms abroad
  • Obtaining freedom for wrongfully accused environmental defenders  
  • The first successful case outside the U.S. over a company’s complicity in torture  
  • The only grant program for foreign court litigation