Bringing together design thinking, human rights expertise and hard work to solve the world's most complex social problems.
Our work is always changing. Here are a few of our current projects:
Partnering with law school clinics
We collaborate with some of the top law schools in the country to research and develop new litigation strategies, find vulnerabilities in supply chains, and engage the next generation of lawyers in human rights and corporate accountability work.
Tackling Child trafficking in west africa
CAL developed a novel litigation strategy to stop the pervasive use of trafficked child labor in the West African cocoa industry. If successful, this case will pave the way for victims to hold companies accountable for their profiting from illegal labor in supply chains by blocking their goods at the border. The result would be a regime similar to our current product safety regime: like toys containing lead from China, products made with trafficked labor would be refused access to the U.S. market, incentivizing companies to ensure their supply chains are clean.
Promoting ethical intellectual property
CAL has developed a number of licenses to allow intellectual property creators of all types (artists, inventors, engineers, coders, musicians, etc.) to condition the use of their creations on compliance with basic human rights and environmental norms. We view intellectual property law as an untapped resource for human rights advocates, and through these licenses are empowering creators to contribute to a more sustainable economy. Check out our +CAL page for more information and license text.
Accompanying the Ogoni Community of the Niger Delta
CAL is engaged in an ongoing collaboration with members of the Ogoni community of the Niger Delta, including two former plaintiffs in the Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Shell case that limited the reach of the Alien Tort Statute in the United States. The Ogoni struggle for justice is emblematic of the impunity enjoyed by transnational corporations today, and their case has much to teach the human rights community. In summer 2017, CAL interviewed 14 Ogoni in exile, focused on the harm they suffered and how they envision adequate remedy. Drawing on this experience, CAL is working with the Ogoni to identify partners in public health and epidemiology to conduct a study to demonstrate the link between the oil pollution and the health crisis in the Ogonilands.