European Court of Human Rights

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 lodged numerous cases against European countries with the Court. ERRC litigation has resulted in positive judgments relating to discrimination against Roma on a broad range of issues covered by the Convention, including police abuse, violence by non-state actors, education and housing.

Through its strategic litigation and landmark cases the ERRC has contributed the development of the Court’s jurisprudence regarding Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibits discrimination in relation to substantive articles included in the Convention.

The most significant cases brought by the ERRC to date include Moldovan and Others v Romania, Secic v Croatia and D.H. and Others v the Czech Republic.

For general information see the website of the European Court of Human Rights; or visit HUDOC for case law.

Case law

Alković v Montenegro (third-party intervention, pending)
Burlya v Ukraine (pending)
Bagdonavicius and others v Russia (third party intervention, pending)
Negrea and others v Romania (pending)
Lingurar v Romania (third party intervention, pending)
Madĕrová v Czech Republic (third party intervention, pending)
Hudorovic and others v Slovenia (third party intervention, pending)
Lupu v Romania (third party intervention, 2015)
Eminov v the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (pending) 
G.H. v Hungary (2015)
Dimitrova and others v Bulgaria (third party intervention, pending) 
Cioban v. Romania (third party intervention, pending) 
Hirtu and Others v France (pending) 
Balázs v Hungary and Two Other Cases (third party intervention, pending)
Fogarasi and others v Romania (third party intervention, pending)
Winterstein and Others v France (third party intervention, 2013)
Vona v Hungary (third party intervention, 2013)
Horváth and Kiss v Hungary (2013)
Fedorchenko and Lozenko v Ukraine (2012)
Borbála Kiss v Hungary (2012)
Koky and Others v Slovakia (2012)
Kleyn and Aleksandrovich v Russia (2012)
Carabulea v. Romania (2010)
Sashov v Bulgaria (2010)
Orsus and Others v Croatia (2009)
Stoica v Romania (2008)
Jasar v the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (2007)
D.H. and Others v the Czech Republic (2007)
Šečić v Croatia (2007)
Moldovan and Others v Romania  (2005)
Nachova and Others v Bulgaria (2005)
Bekos and Koutropoulos v Greece (2005)
Balogh v Hungary (2004)
Connors v the United Kingdom (2004)
G.B. v Bulgaria (2004)
Anguelova v Bulgaria (2002)
Conka v Belgium (2002)
Velikova v Bulgaria (2000)
Assenov v Bulgaria (1998)
Chapman v the United Kingdom – no violation found but useful language from the Court

Alković v Montenegro (third-party intervention, pending)

23 May 2016


The case concerns the harassment a Roma Muslim man and his family experienced from their non-Roma, non-Muslim neighbours. The applicant tried in vain to lodge criminal complaints against them, although he was prosecuted for a minor offence.

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Burlya v Ukraine (pending)

4 March 2016

The applicants are Ukrainian nationals of Roma ethnicity. They lived in the village of Petrivka, Ivanivskyy District, Odessa Region (Ukraine) where from 7 to 10 September 2002 a massive anti-Roma pogrom took place. Electricity and gas supplies to their homes were cut, their houses were set on fire, and their belongings, documents, and cars were destroyed.

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Bagdonavicius and others v Russia (third party intervention pending)

24 February 2016

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