Strategic litigation at the ERRC means supporting legal cases designed to expose and contribute to the elimination of discriminatory structures that prevent Roma from enjoying full equality.
The ERRC has set in motion more than 500 court cases in 15 countries to bring to justice state and non-state actors who have discriminated against Romani individuals or have committed violence against them. We have helped secure over €2 million in compensation for Romani individuals for the abuse they have suffered and the subsequent failure of their respective governments to ensure justice.
The ERRC is active in both domestic and international litigation. The ERRC supports local lawyers in domestic legal proceedings both professionally and financially. When domestic remedies are exhausted, the ERRC prepares legal submissions to international tribunals, including the European Court of Human Rights, the European Committee of Social Rights and UN treaty bodies.
The ERRC is currently involved in 91 legal cases (before domestic and international bodies) concerning 13 countries. That is an increase of over a quarter 25% in the past year. In addition, the ERRC is exploring the possibility of further litigation in another 50 cases. The charts below give you some idea about our current case load. The information is correct as of August 2015.