Strategic litigation

We take racists to court. The cases we take across
Europe are designed to expose and eliminate
discriminatory structures that violate
the rights of Roma. We support cases
in domestic and international courts,
as well as before international bodies,
committees and tribunals.

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We have legal cases pending in numerous courts in countries all across Europe. Find out more about the cases we currently have pending, or have already concluded in each country.

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Issues we work on

Our legal cases cover a wide range of human rights issues relating to discrimination against Roma in Europe. Find out about the cases we have on specific rights issues affecting Romani communities we work in.

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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.

 

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.

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