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. It has secured over 2 million EUR in compensation for Romani individuals for the abuse they have suffered and the subsequent failure of their respective governments to ensure justice.

The ERRC engages in strategic litigation seeking to reverse patterns of human rights abuse and discrimination against Roma. ERRC legal work aims to empower Roma through law and strengthen the network of legal advocates working on behalf of Roma.

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 67 cases in 14 States (at domestic and European levels), and is following up the implementation of judgments in another 7 cases. The charts below show where the ERRC is litigating and which thematic priorities (from our 2013-2017 programme strategy) those cases concern.



 

In addition to these cases, the ERRC is currently considering whether it is or may become appropriate to bring litigation in another 48 cases. The ERRC chooses which cases to litigate in line with its programme strategy. 

The information on this page is correct as of 22 April 2014.

Hirtu and Others v France

19 January 2015

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The applicants are Roma who have Romanian nationality. Most of them have been living in France for over 10 years and have residence documents in France as EU citizens. They have been subjected to various forced evictions over the years.  

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Balázs v Hungary and Two Other Cases

19 January 2015

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These three cases also concern allegations of hate crimes against Roma and the failure of the Hungarian authorities to deal with them properly. Balázs v Hungary involves the failure to investigate violence against Roma by a private person. 

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In-house ERRC Training: How to Represent an Applicant Before the European Court of Human Rights

10 April 2014

This is an hour-long video of an internal training delivered for ERRC staff by Adam Weiss, the ERRC’s Legal Director, on procedure before the European Court of Human Rights.

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