At the Public Interest Law Centre we are lawyers and campaigners who use law to help individuals win their case. However, using
that case to change the law, or practice for a wide a group as possible is also a goal. Even better that the case is popularised amongst many people, so not only is the law and rights better known but it can be used widely.
We see strategic litigation as giving a voice to the voiceless for working class communities and marginalised groups in particular. At its heart strategic litigation must have a strong, bold and wide campaign.
For one of the best explanations of what strategic litigation is, this one from the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre sums it up well:
“Litigation means taking cases to court. Strategic litigation is a method that can bring about significant changes in the law, practice or public awareness via taking carefully-selected cases to court. The clients involved in strategic litigation have been victims of