CELI Awarded Major EU Grant

The Centre for European Law and Internationalisation (CELI) as part of a consortium of European universities has been awarded a grant of over £ 600,000 by the European Commission for work in the area of European human rights law.
CELI Awarded Major EU Grant

European Commission

The grant for ‘Don’t Knock on the Wrong Door: CharterClick!’ will support research about the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in different EU Member States and the development of web-based tools to clarify when the Charter applies. It will provide victims of fundamental rights violations, their representatives and national judges with accessible, user-friendly tools to establish whether a claim falls within the scope of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

The Leicester CELI team consists of Dr Paolo Vargiu, Professor Katja Ziegler and Professor Mark Bell, with two NGO partners, The AIRE Centre and the Equality and Diversity Forum, representing victims of human rights violations.

The consortium involves six European universities in five EU Member States (Bordeaux, Cagliari, Florence, Konstanz, Leicester and Uppsala), the European University Institute and a specialised legal information technology institute. The academic institutions will collaborate closely with non-academic partners dealing with fundamental rights issues in practice (ombudspersons, national equality bodies, legal assistance and training organisations, and a centre for the exchange of knowledge and information between ombudspersons).

Since the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights became legally binding in 2009, thousands have sought redress under it in cases which did not fall under its scope. Commissioner Viviane Reding highlighted “the first result of this ‘knocking on the wrong door’ exercise is an understandable sense of frustration” (XXIV FIDE Congress, 2012). Equally, the lack of knowledge about the scope of the Charter means it will not be invoked in cases where it should be applied. Existing tools do not address the preliminary question of whether a claim falls within the scope of the Charter, but instead offer information on the substantive protection granted by the Charter. This project will fill that gap.


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