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Grata builds a fairer world by harnessing the power of high impact strategic litigation to create structural change. Democracy works when people can exercise their right to have a voice, including in court, where facts prevail over spin.

Australians are regularly blocked from exercising this basic democratic right because of insurmountable financial barriers to groundbreaking litigation, making it almost impossible to hold powerful governments and corporate leaders accountable.

Grata breaks down these barriers in three keys areas: climate justice, human rights, and democratic freedoms. 

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HOW WE MAKE IT HAPPEN

We use a movement lawyering approach, an innovative model of collaborative justice which grew out of the US civil rights movement to build the power of the people, not the power of the law.     

We work alongside affected communities, taking direction from them and centring their voices to build integrated litigation and campaign strategies that tackle injustice.  

We collaborate with legal experts and advocacy partners on strategic public interest cases, remaining accountable to the people and communities we work with.

We have a proven track record of prioritising cases with the potential to break gridlocks and create systemic change with significant sustainable impact for communities.

WE COLLABORATE

WE COLLABORATE

We unite grassroots community movements, bold lawyers, brave champions and civil society organisations who want to challenge unfairness in the courts.
WE PINPOINT

WE PINPOINT

We work with affected people and communities to pinpoint, support and design cases that can protect or advance groundbreaking rights and freedoms.
WE FUND

WE FUND

Our community chips in to fund expensive litigation costs and remove barriers to the power of the court.

MEDIA RELEASE: Democracy groups call on Government to overhaul broken FOI system in line with inquiry report

December 08, 2023

Yesterday evening, the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee released its report into the operation of Commonwealth Freedom of Information (FOI) laws. The Committee’s report paints a damning picture of a highly dysfunctional, under-resourced FOI regime, citing multi-year delays, excessive use of exemptions, problematic...

Australians need to better understand the reality of detainees’ lives

December 06, 2023

by Isabelle Reinecke. There's a reason our constitution leaves it to judges, not politicians, to put people in jail for crimes — they aren’t driven by external pressures such as media commentary, populism or political gamesmanship.

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Eora Nation

We acknowledge the Bedegal and Gadigal Peoples who are Traditional Owners of the land on which we work. We pay our respect to the tens of thousands of years of stories and community life that has thrived in the Eora Nation and to the Elders past, present and emerging. Always was and always will be Aboriginal land.