How we work

Enforcing human rights through legal means

The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights initiates, develops and supports high-impact strategic human rights litigation to hold state and non-state actors accountable for violating the rights of the most vulnerable. ECCHR works on cases that illustrate and highlight important legal and social problems, recognizing that human rights violations are committed in specific contexts with the aim of achieving certain financial, social, military or political goals.

The chance of winning a legal case is just one of the factors we use to decide which cases to litigate. We want to address criminal acts committed by governments, state actors and corporations and help enforce the rights of those affected by human rights violations. We also aim to expose and highlight structural injustices. We seek justice not just for some affected individuals, but for everyone who suffers a similar fate. This is the overarching goal of our work.

ECCHR actively litigates cases and but also researches, investigates, and helps to coordinate the development strategies of legal advocacy around cases. Our strategic communications helps raise awareness about human rights abuses worldwide.

Training, collaborative learning and cooperation in transnational networks and universities are at the heart of ECCHR’s work. To ensure the future of progressive human rights work, we take part in an ongoing learning process together with young lawyers participating in our Critical Legal Training.