Who we are

To counter injustice with legal interventions – this is the aim and daily work of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights.

ECCHR is an independent, non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to enforcing civil and human rights worldwide. It was founded in 2007 by Wolfgang Kaleck and other international human rights lawyers to protect and enforce the rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as other human rights declarations and national constitutions, through legal means.

Together with those affected and partners worldwide, ECCHR uses legal means to end impunity for those responsible for torture, war crimes, sexual and gender-based violence, corporate exploitation and fortressed borders.


German parliament passes human rights due diligence law:

An important step – but not enough for those affected

Berlin, 11 June 2021 – Today, after months of negotiations, the German Bundestag passed a due diligence law that requires German companies and their direct suppliers to better protect human rights and the environment. The law came about primarily due to pressure from civil society, but was massively weakened by business associations in negotiations and thus falls short of international human rights standards.


Supreme Court hearing on Lafarge/Syria:

Crucial verdict expected on corporate responsibility

Paris/Berlin, 8 June 2021 – Following today's hearing on French company Lafarge and its involvement in the armed conflict in Syria between 2012-2014, the criminal chamber of the Supreme Court of France (Cour de cassation) announced a decision for 15 July 2021. The court will be ruling on the company’s appeals against the accusations, including complicity in crimes against humanity, as well as the admissibility of human rights organizations Sherpa and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights’ (ECCHR) as plaintiffs. 


Exhibition Investigative Commons opens on June 9

In response to the rise of the neo-fascist “post-truth” epistemology societies have desperately clung to the traditional pillars of power-knowledge. But how should civil society react when those institutions themselves are responsible for crimes, state-terror and cover-ups? Investigative Commons presents investigations by Forensic Architecture, ECCHR, and their partners across civil society, from the US, to Palestine, to Papua. Together, these investigations propose new models for collaborative truth-production and counter-investigation.


Torture in Guantánamo: ECCHR demands Mohamedou Ould Slahi is granted a visa without delay

On the occasion of the Berlinale film festival and following a lawsuit filed against the Federal Republic of Germany at the end of April 2021, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights calls for Mohamedou Ould Slahi to quickly be granted a German visa.


The “reconciliation agreement” – A lost opportunity

Historically, the German colonial crimes in Namibia have been relatively well addressed, but not legally. Read ECCHR’s statement on the agreement between Germany and Namibia here.

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