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 

Jane, who was assisted through our legal support scheme in Kenya, tells her story in our film, Walking Together
Through strategic partnerships we provide 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 we support clients directly in taking on litigation. Some examples of our work in this area include: 
 

Supporting victims of discriminatory torture in Nigeria and LGBT victims of discrimination in Russia to access justice.  

Developing a network of paralegals to provide advice for female victims of gender-based violence and other discrimination in Kenya

Jane, one of many women we helped in Kenya, had been subject to severe abuse by her in-laws. She had been driven from her home and denied her property rights. Through our project, she was empowered to seek justice. You can watch Jane's story here

Strategic Litigation

Through strategic litigation we help to raise important legal questions on equality and non-discrimination. We help our partners in different countries identify opportunities for strategic litigation and to build cases, and where necessary, we journey with claimants to regional or international courts. We use our expertise in equality and non-discrimination to provide amicus curiae briefs to courts and memoranda to lawyers. 

Some examples of interventions at the regional level include: 

We are keen to provide technical assistance to NGOs and lawyers with strategic equality and non-discrimination cases. If you are seeking support on such cases, please contact us through info@equalrightstrust.org and we will see how we can help.