Litigation

The Equal Rights Trust’s participation in litigation is aimed at ensuring access to justice for victims of discrimination and generating jurisprudence that advances the enjoyment of the rights to equality and non-discrimination.

Providing Legal Services to the Most Vulnerable 

Through strategic partnerships, we support the provision of accessible legal services to victims of discrimination. To do this, we use our expertise in designing legal service models and rolling them out with partners. Where necessary, some clients then receive support in taking on litigation. Some examples of our work in this area include: 
  • Developing a network of on-location advice for women victims of gender based violence and other discrimination in Kenya through paralegals in community based organisations. 
  • Supporting victims of discriminatory torture in Nigeria in accessing legal assistance and obtaining effective remedy.

Strategic Litigation

We work with partners to pursue strategic litigation at national, regional and international levels. Strategic cases are those that raise important legal questions on equality or non-discrimination. In addition to assisting partners in different countries to identify opportunities for strategic litigation and to build cases, we participate through amicus curie briefs to courts and memoranda to lawyers. Some examples of our amicus briefs include: 
We are keen to provide technical assistance to NGOs and lawyers with strategic equality and non-discrimination cases. Should you have such a case and seek our support, please contact our Head of Litigation for more information: Joanna.whiteman@equalrightstrust.org.