About our work

Securing redress, challenging impunity

Who we are

We are a team of expert lawyers and NGO-management professionals, specialising in international human rights law, focusing primarily on the European Convention on Human Rights. We operate as an independent human rights centre, based within Middlesex University School of Law, London.

What we do

We use international legal mechanisms to challenge serious human rights abuses in Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Ukraine, in partnership with committed local lawyers and NGOs. We aim to secure justice for victims of human rights violations and their families, and bring about lasting systemic change in the region.

How we work

We build and strengthen the expertise of human rights lawyers and NGOs operating in challenging circumstances by providing long-term legal mentoring, bespoke training, and ongoing advice and support. Working in close collaboration, we take ground-breaking cases on behalf of vulnerable and marginalised communities. We set new international legal precedents which improve human rights standards, and advocate to ensure that state authorities fulfil their human rights obligations.

Key statistics
Over the last three years alone we have litigated over 150 cases with our partner organisations.
Over 160 judgments have been handed down by the European Court and other international mechanisms in our cases since 2005, on behalf of over 650 applicants.
95% of judgments in our cases established violations of human rights treaties
More than €12 million has been awarded in compensation to applicants in our cases since 2003.
Find out more about our achievements to date on our interactive timeline.

Our vision

Every person in the former Soviet Union has a voice and access to justice, and can hold their state to account over human rights violations.

Our mission

EHRAC is an independent apolitical organisation that stands alongside victims of human rights abuse in order to secure justice. Working in support of civil society organisations, we bring strategic cases to the European Court of Human Rights and other international mechanisms to challenge impunity for human rights violations. We raise awareness of violations and means of redress for victims, and we build the capacity of individuals and organisations through mentoring, training and advocacy. Each judgment we secure contributes to an objective account of human rights abuse that cannot be refuted.

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Our values

EHRAC is committed to upholding and embodying the following values:

  • We will work with integrity and impartiality;
  • Our decisions will be bold;
  • We will be responsive to those to whom we are accountable and to changes in the external environment;
  • All our partnerships will be empowering and collaborative.

More information about our plans for the future can be found in our 10 Year Strategy (2013-2023).