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If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favour freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are people who want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

Frederick Douglass African-American abolitionist

Welcome to the Activist's Legal Project

The Activists' Legal Project is a not for profit collective which provides information about the law to a wide range of grassroots social change activists as well as people who are considering taking action for the first time. We provide information sheets on legal issues relevant to direct activists and offer free legal workshops facilitated by activists, with first hand experience of the criminal and civil 'justice' systems.

Direct Action and the law

The power that corporations and governments have over our society is maintained through oppression and through the continuing co-operation of groups and individuals. The withdrawal of that co-operation restricts or dissolves their control. Put another way, their power depends on our continuing obedience; when we refuse to obey, their power begins to crumble. ...more

The Activists' Legal Project Offers:

  • free workshops on legal issues for grassroots activists and campaigners
  • a series of information sheets on legal issues of interest to activists
  • contact details of experienced activists who are willing to act as 'lay advisors' at court hearings and a list of sympathetic solicitors

What's New?

We have added new documents to our resources pages (October 2009)

Reclaim your DNA a guide to how to get your DNA sample back from the police

Photographing the police (Feb 2009)

Important changes to the right to legal advice at police stations Aug 2008

Know Your Rights: A Climate Activists Guide to the Law 
(August 2009) covers implications of taking direct action, likely charges, penalties, rights on arrest and arrest procedure

The Activists' Legal Project is run by volunteers who are not legal experts. If in doubt take legal advice on the specifics of your situation from a solicitor. Our briefings only relate to the law in England and Wales. For information on the law in Scotland see the Scottish Activist Legal Project website.

If you see any errors in our briefings or we have missed any changes in the law then please contact us.

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