OUR STORY & NAME
Reimagining Justice Solutions
After WWII, the international community coalesced around a shared, central goal: to build a world without mass atrocities. However, in the half-century that followed, this goal proved difficult. The globalization of the economy resulted, in part, in the globalization of harm. Transnational corporations could reach previously inaccessible areas and exploit them for profit. With advancements in technology, governments could spread disinformation and hate through new, faster methods. International financial systems could provide additional resources to fuel armed conflicts and means to hide illicit proceeds. The context in which mass atrocities occur has changed, and thus, to hold perpetrators to account, we will need to reimagine justice solutions. At LexCollective, we believe that these solutions lie with our members. When given greater access to information and each other, we can harness our expertise in law, technology, finance, and environment to create new intersectional, multidirectional solutions to injustices around the world.
LexCollective is rooted in the term, “law collective,” which originated in the U.S. in the late 1960 and 1970s after the Civil Rights Movement. It generally refers to a non-hierarchical organization of lawyers working together to provide legal support to marginalized communities and advance social justice. We now seek to apply that concept internationally. Our members’ collective lived and professional experiences provide a rich and varied pool of knowledge and skills; together, we can be more effective and impactful.
MAXIMIZING ACCESS TO LEGAL EXPERTISE
Delivering legal solutions in conflict and post-conflict areas requires a deep understanding of local contexts and various accountability mechanisms. We harness our global network to maximize our expertise and support to impacted communities in developing and implementing concrete legal strategies that will address their particular needs.
ACHIEVING AN INNOVATIVE, ELEVATED ACCESS-TO-JUSTICE MODEL
Working in silos results in inefficiency and often temporary solutions that address only symptoms of underlying systemic problems. Our proven model integrates global legal representation and advice to underserved, marginalized communities that we serve. Through this model, we aim to ensure communities receive the highest quality legal solutions.
FACILITATING INTERCONTINENTAL KNOWLEDGE SHARING
Governments and transnational corporations, many of which are responsible for the most extreme forms of injustice, can readily access legal advice across sectors from full-service, global law firms. Similarly, we serve the most seriously affected communities by facilitating transnational knowledge sharing that increases access to resources.
UPHOLDING COMMUNITY-DRIVEN SOLUTIONS THROUGH COLLABORATION
Too often, international organizations from the global majority are viewed as "the experts" when in fact, more applicable expertise and impactful solutions are at the community level. We recognize that everyone has the right to lead decision-making and co-design legal solutions that impact their lives. Access to justice mechanisms should not be limited to lawyers based on economic stature and background.