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EU Rights Clinic

Description

The EU Rights Clinic is a not-for-profit service launched in January 2013 in collaboration with the University of Kent in Brussels. It helps EU citizens and their family members overcome problems they encounter when moving within the EU. The EU Rights Clinic:

  • Provides problem-solving of difficult cases which goes beyond the advice that the European Commission services Europe Direct, Your Europe Advice (YEA) and SOLVIT provide.
  • Deals with key cases that illustrate shortcomings in EU policy and legislation or its enforcement in Europe. The grouping together of similar cases into a “super” complaint provides empirical evidence to advocate for changes in policy, the legislative framework or enforcement practices.
  • Encourages collective action across borders which might involve different interventions (litigation but also administrative and advocacy instruments) to be carried out in collaboration with national partners.
  • Develops a strong educational and voluntary component – it involves students enrolled in a course on EU Migration Law, PhD researchers and students as volunteers, as well as pro bono support from law firms.

In the period fom 01.01.13 to 19.12.16, the EU Rights Clinic received requests for assistance from 476 individuals in 383 different matters. Out of these, 182 individuals were provided with concrete advice and assistance concerning their EU rights.

The remaining 301 cases were requests for information or assistance falling outside the mandate of the Clinic. Requests for information were referred to Your Europe Advice and matters falling outside the mandate of the Clinic were signposted to legal aid organisations with relevant expertise.

 

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