Mobilizing for a just world

Launching the Legal Mobilization Platform

After months of anticipation, the Legal Mobilization Platform launched last week live from Concordia CC in The Hague and streamed over Zoom across the globe.

The launch event, 'Mobilizing for a Just World', provided a sneak peek into the platform's future activities which will involve, at their core, efforts to unite people in their efforts to mobilize for a world of socio-economic, climate and racial justice.

Delving into legal mobilization

After introductions from the platform's coordinator, Rana Kuseyri and moderator, Professor Ambreena Manji, we discussed how we conceptualize (climate) justice and how we should conceptualize it. Next, speakers Obiozo Ukpabi from the University of Humanistic Studies, Dr Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh from the University of Amsterdam and Dr Misha Plagis from Leiden University shared their thoughts on this question, which ranged from storytelling as a means of legal mobilization to geographical biases and climate effects. 

The following session, on who we mobilize with and for, raised critical discussions on who is included in litigation processes, their roles, movement lawyering and what role, if any, law should have in mobilizing rights. In addition to these questions, Waruguru Gaitho from the University of Cambridge, Dr Eva Rieter from the Radboud University in Nijmegen and Dr Jeff Handmaker from the International Institute of Social Studies reflected on their positions within legal mobilization processes. 

In addition to our discussions, we enjoyed sketches by Jade Borra from our pre-launch workshop earlier this year and a musical performance by Lois Ava, a singer-songwriter from The Hague. 

Watch the launch and behind-the-scenes footage

We are very grateful to everyone who joined our launch. Did you miss the launch? Catch up on what happened by watching the full event recording on ISS' Youtube channel. Thank you for your support, and we are excited to see where this new year will take us.

Recap: Legal Mobilization Platform Launch

Event impressions

Three speakers are projected onto a large wall through livestream video.
Behind the scenes: Legal Mobilization Platform launch
  • Artist Lois Ava is seen playing guitar and singing.
  • Platform coordinator Rana Kuseyri uses a soundboard and laptop.
  • Jeff Handmaker and Ambreena Manji are seated on stage in a discussion.

Behind the scenes: Legal Mobilization Platform launch

Three speakers are projected onto a large wall through livestream video.
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Artist Lois Ava is seen playing guitar and singing.
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Platform coordinator Rana Kuseyri uses a soundboard and laptop.
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Jeff Handmaker and Ambreena Manji are seated on stage in a discussion.
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Speakers Obiozo Ukpabi, Misha Plagis and Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh are seated on stage with Ambreena Manji in discussion.
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A crowd sits and watches speakers on stage in a large auditorium.
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Ambreena Manji seen speaking with Jeff Handmaker, who is off-camera.
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Three speakers are projected onto a large wall through livestream video.
Artist Lois Ava is seen playing guitar and singing.
Platform coordinator Rana Kuseyri uses a soundboard and laptop.
Jeff Handmaker and Ambreena Manji are seated on stage in a discussion.
Speakers Obiozo Ukpabi, Misha Plagis and Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh are seated on stage with Ambreena Manji in discussion.
A crowd sits and watches speakers on stage in a large auditorium.
Ambreena Manji seen speaking with Jeff Handmaker, who is off-camera.
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Dr Jeff Handmaker

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