About ELDH

ELDH is a non-profit progressive organization which presently unites lawyers in 18 European countries, who struggle together  


  • human rights and civil liberties,
  • social and economic rights,
  • democracy,
  • the rights of migrants and refugees,
  • the right to development of all countries,
  • peace,
  • equal rights for women and men,
  • minority rights,
  • the right of peoples to self-determination, and
  • the prosecution of war-criminals and perpetrators of human rights violations


  • dictatorships,
  • oppression of the people,
  • discrimination,
  • racism, war, and
  • all violations of human rights


To fulfil its objectives ELDH

  • organises: conferences, trial observations, and human rights missions (i.e. the Basque Country, Colombia, Palestine, Turkey, Western Sahara)
  • elaborates: expert opinions on questions of international law and human rights, and European law
  • publishes: statements and writes protest letters to increase the awareness of the public and of governments
  • organises: solidarity and other campaigns


Among the current themes on which ELDH activities focus are:

  • European anti-terror activities and their impact on human rights and civil liberties
  • the treaties of the European Union and their impact on democracy, human rights and civil liberties, and peace
  • the migration policy of the European Union
  • the enforcement of international law
  • social and economic rights in Europe, and the right to education
  • labour law under the pressure of neo-liberal policies
  • the right to privacy, and right to information
  • human rights violations in the Basque Country, Colombia, Palestine, Turkey, Western Sahara
  • the right to self-determination of peoples, in particular the Basques, Kurds, Irish, Palestinians and the people of Western Sahara,


ELDH works in partnership with the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) and also cooperates with other progressive lawyers and human rights organisations such as the European Democratic Lawyers (EDA), the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Trade Unions, Universities, and the European Network against Racism (ENAR).

ELDH was founded on 1 May 1993 in Paris, and is open to lawyers from all European countries.  

ELDH members include lawyers’ organisations and individual lawyers from the following countries

Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain/Basque Country, Switzerland, Turkey