A leading support centre for victims of human rights violations in the former Soviet Union has relocated to Middlesex University, joining the University’s School of Law.
The European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) has a strong track record of successfully assisting individuals, lawyers and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) within the Russian Federation, Georgia and Azerbaijan to take cases to the European Court of Human Rights (pictured).
EHRAC conducts joint litigation and advocacy with partner NGOs and its own lawyers to take cases of human rights violations against former Soviet states. The centre also runs initiatives to build the capacity of lawyers and NGOs in the region to help members of the public apply to the European Court.
Led by human rights expert Professor Philip Leach, the centre, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, has moved wholesale to Middlesex University including its lawyers, case workers and support staff. EHRAC strengthens a globally recognised portfolio of human rights research at Middlesex University.
Since launching in 2003, EHRAC has secured 87 judgments at the European Court of Human Rights. Landmark successes include the first cases from Chechnya which found that Russian armed forces used grossly disproportionate force in Chechnya in violation of the right to life of civilians, and a case against Georgia which found that victims of Soviet repression were not able to access compensation under the current law and led to important changes to the domestic law.
Director of EHRAC Professor Philip Leach said: “We are delighted to be joining the School of Law and very much look forward to getting to know and working with the staff and students.”
Middlesex University Dean of Law, Professor Joshua Castellino, said: “I have known, worked with, and admired the work of Philip Leach and the staff at EHRAC for a very long time. Having them in our midst is going to be inspiring for our students, and will also provide them with genuine insights into legal practice at the highest level. The addition of this highly trained and effective group of people to Middlesex makes us one of the strongest universities in the world in terms of human rights research and scholarship.”