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).

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 together with other international human rights lawyers, in order to protect and enforce the rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as other declarations of human rights and national constitutions, through legal means.

Together with affected persons and partners worldwide, ECCHR uses legal means to end impunity of those responsible for torture, massacre, rape, corporate exploitation and fortressed borders.


Torture in Syria: Investigations in Austria are a first step – now arrest warrants must follow

After Germany, Sweden and France, Austrian authorities have initiated investigations into the Syrian intelligence services for their role in systematic torture. The investigations were opened following a criminal complaint filed in May 2018 to the public prosecutor in Vienna. In Germany, similar complaints contributed to an arrest warrant against the head of the Syrian Air Force Intelligence Service.


Justice for Roşia Montană – International organizations' legal intervention in Romanian ISDS case

Roşia Montană community voices to be heard in illegal gold mine litigation as international consortium hands in an amicus curiae brief

On Friday, 2 November 2018, public interest law organizations filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Roşia Montană community affected by an illegal gold mine project in Romania to include their perspectives in arbitration proceedings at the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), housed at the World Bank.


Grand Chamber of the ECtHR hears case on Spain’s longstanding push-back practice at the border with Morocco

N.D. and N.T. v. Spain – A groundbreaking case for refugee and migrant rights

“My rights were violated by Spain. There needs to be measures to stop such harm from being done to other people. I still cannot accept that humans can treat humans like that. What I would like to see from this Court is that justice exists – even for those who are poor, vulnerable and do not have a voice,” said N.D. from Mali in a statement to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg. Today, the Grand Chamber of the ECtHR heard again a key case on unlawful push-backs at the Spanish-Moroccan border.


Invitation / 26 September 2018: ECtHR hearing on Spain's push-backs at the EU external borders

N.D. and N.T. versus Spain - A groundbreaking case on refugee and migrant rights

On 26 September 2018, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will hear a key case on the push-backs at the Spanish-Moroccan border. In October 2017, the court had ruled that Spain’s automatic expulsions violate human rights. The judgment came in response to the case of N.D. and N.T., who were directly pushed back from Melilla to Morocco.


OECD complaint against Italian auditor RINA

Anniversary of factory fire in Pakistan

More than 250 people died in a fire at the Ali Enterprises textile factory in Karachi, Pakistan, on 11 September 2012. Only three weeks before, Italian auditor RINA Services S.p.A. certified the factory for abiding to international labour standards. Marking the six year anniversary of the disaster ECCHR together wih an international coalition filed an OECD complaint in Rome against RINA Services S.p.A., the auditing company that could have prevented hundreds of deaths by doing its work properly.

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