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 97 legal cases (already pending before domestic or international bodies) concerning 16 countries. That is an increase of 7% in the number of cases since the last time we updated this page in August 2015, and three additional countries. Our main role in these cases is providing financial support and expertise to local lawyers to litigate strategic cases on behalf of Romani litigants. We play other roles as well: sometimes the ERRC is itself the plaintiff or complainant, or we intervene as a third party (which means presenting facts and arguments to the court without being one of the litigants in the case). We are exploring the possibility of further litigation in another 60 (or so) cases. The charts below give you some idea about our current case load. The information is correct as of February 2016. To find out more about the individual cases we are litigating, click the links above. We aim to update these pages every six months.