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.

 

 

 

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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