Published: 25 Nov 2014

EHRAC’s litigation work included in leading human rights journals


Over the years, EHRAC’s work has often caught the attention of academics working in the field of human rights litigation in Russia and the former Soviet Union. Since 2012, Freek van der Vet has mentioned EHRAC in six of his journal publications. Freek, a former EHRAC intern, is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia, where he studies how Russian lawyers protect citizens accused of treason, journalists at risk and NGOs under the ‘foreign agent’ law.

In “Seeking Life, Finding Justice: Russian NGO Litigation and Chechen Disappearances before the European Court of Human Rights”*van der Vet analyses how EHRAC, along with Stichting Russian Justice Initiative, litigates cases of grave human rights abuses in Chechnya before the European Court of Human Rights, and the significance of NGO work in such an instance; for these two organisations account for the overwhelming majority of cases regarding disappearances, as well as other abuses.

“Transitional Justice in Chechnya: NGO Political Advocacy for Implementing Chechen Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights”** discusses how the collaboration between EHRAC and its partner organisation Memorial HRC can be used in order to aid the implementation of judgments made by the European Court of Human Rights on Chechen cases.

Finally, in a recent article titled “Holding on to Legalism: The Politics of Russian Litigation on Torture and Discrimination Before the European Court of Human Rights”***, van der Vet examines how Memorial’s work can effect change, despite a strained relationship with the government and the restrictions places on it and other NGOs operating in Russia.

Other articles

Van der Vet, Freek, 2014. Open Access. “Protecting Rights in Strasbourg: Developing a Research Agenda for Analysing International Litigation from Russia”. In the Special Issue: “Culture of Complaints in Russia and Eastern Europe”. Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research 6 (3): 105-118

Van der Vet, Freek and Lyytikäinen, Laura, 2015. “Violence and Human Rights in Russia: How Human Rights Defenders Develop their Tactics in the Face of Danger, 2005-2013”. Special Issue “Critical Perspectives on the Security and Protection of Human Rights Defenders”, The International Journal of Human Rights 19 (7): 979-998

Van der Vet, Freek. 6 November 2015. “Den Nordkaukasus vor Gericht bringen: Russische Nichtregierungsorganisationen und der Europäische Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte”. Russland Analysen (German only)

* Van der Vet, Freek. 2012. “Seeking Life, Finding Justice: Russian NGO Litigation and Chechen Disappearances before the European Court of Human Rights.” Human Rights Review 13 (3): 303–25.

** Van der Vet, Freek. 2013. “Transitional Justice in Chechnya: NGO Advocacy for Implementing Chechen Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.” Review of Central and East European Law 38 (3-4): 363–88.

*** Van der Vet, Freek. 2014. “Holding on to Legalism: The Politics of Russian Litigation on Torture and Discrimination before the European Court of Human Rights.” Social & Legal Studies 23 (3): 361-381