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

Hirtu and Others v France (pending) 
Balázs v Hungary and Two Other Cases (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

Hirtu and Others v France

19 January 2015

Facts

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

Facts

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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