For several years now, ECCHR has been working on so-called "terrorism lists." The main focus of this work is to address the grave violation of basic constitutional and human rights that arises by identifying individuals and groups in such a process of listing. Secondly, the ECCHR is working to scrutinize the political and social reaction to terrorism and the waivering of important constitutional achievements in dealing with certain actors. The ECCHR has initiated individual emblematic legal cases along with several discussions and debates.
In one of the first terror listing cases, the ECCHR participated in the legal dispute of the Filipino politician and journalist Prof. Jose Maria Sison, who is living in exile in Holland. Mr. Sison was first added to the list in October 2002. The European Court of First Instance judged that the listing was contrary to Sison’s right to a fair trial as he was confronted by the sanctions without being given any justification and had no opportunity to respond to the accusations. Reacting to this first ruling, the EU gave Mr Sison a statement in which they explained very briefly their decisions and the reasoning for him to remain on the list. In a second ruling on 30 September 2009, the European Court of First Instance declared the decisions of the European Council on the freezing of assets and Sison's inclusion in the EU "terrorism list" to be void. Mr Sison was then removed from the list, but was nevertheless denied compensation.