About us

The European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) was set up in 2003 by a team of human rights lawyers and experts with a wealth of experience of taking cases to the European Court of Human Rights. We are an independent, apolitical organisation that stands alongside victims of human rights abuse in order to secure justice. Find out more about our mission and goals in the ‘About Our Work’ section.

We were originally set up as a European Commission funded project with Memorial Human Rights Centre in Russia, to litigate the first cases coming out of the conflict in Chechnya. To this day, Memorial remains one of our key partners; and conflict in the former Soviet Union, a fundamental area of our expertise for which we are widely recognised. Alongside our activities in Russia, we also collaborate closely with lawyers and activists in Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Ukraine on pressing human rights issues.

The majority of our work is undertaken in close collaboration with our partner organisations, based in the countries in which we operate.

To complement the work of our small team in London, we value the support of professionals offering pro bono legal and translation services, as well as interns and volunteers. They contribute to the following areas:
Operational support through the NGO Management Skills Internship Programme
Legal support through the Legal Internship Programme
Translation and interpreting
Professional legal support on a case-by-case basis by practising lawyers and experts in human rights law

Our work is overseen by an International Steering Committee and a UK-based Advisory Board.

From 2003 to 2012, we were based at London Metropolitan University, and at the start of 2013 we relocated to Middlesex University in North London, joining the School of Law. We benefit from being situated in the University, and the opportunity to collaborate with leading experts in international and human rights law. Find out about our achievements and history on our interactive timeline.

Find out more about opportunities to participate in our work on our internship and volunteering opportunities, and current vacancies page.