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Apply now: legal traineeship with the European Roma Rights Centre

24 June 2015

The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) seeks a legal trainee familiar with the legal system of one of the non-EU Member States in which the ERRC is active (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine) to assist in litigating Roma rights, ethnic/race discrimination and related cases in domestic, European and international tribunals.

The ERRC offers a traineeship which will last up to two years for recent law graduates. The trainee programme is designed to provide lawyers at the beginning of their legal careers with the training and skills needed to start a legal career that will have a positive impact on Roma communities. It aims in particular for the legal trainee, during the course of the traineeship, to pass the bar exam in the jurisdiction where (s)he intends to practise. The traineeship is designed to start in autumn 2015 and so students currently finishing a law degree are free to apply.

There are two possibilities for the traineeship:

  1. The preferred option is to be based in the ERRC’s Budapest office; this option is only available to candidates who are able to work in English.
  2. A second option is to be based in one of the non-EU Member States where the ERRC is active, working under the direction of an ERRC legal consultant or a lawyer affiliated with the ERRC. This option is meant to deal with the situation where the preferred candidate is unable to work in English or is, for some other reason, unable to relocate to Budapest. The ERRC cannot guarantee that such an arrangement will be possible.

The programme is designed to be flexible to allow the trainee to advance her/his career, and may therefore include, for example, education leave to prepare for the national bar exam or magistracy exam, secondment to a law office at national level to complete a traineeship needed to become a fully qualified lawyer, or other professional development opportunities. The ERRC may be able to assist in identifying a suitable mentor at national level. Candidates who are currently preparing for their bar exams should feel free to apply. The ERRC will work with the successful candidate to design her/his traineeship.


Essential requirements

  • Significant experience living and/or working with Romani communities.
  • Knowledge of a language spoken by many Roma.
  • A law degree from one of the following countries: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey or Ukraine.
  • Knowledge of Roma-rights issues in Europe.
  • Solid legal reasoning skills.
  • A commitment to advancing Roma rights, particularly through law.



  • Ability to work in English.
  • Knowledge of other European languages.
  • Advanced studies of human rights law, anti-discrimination law and related fields.
  • Previous work experience (paid or unpaid) in law offices or NGOs.
  • Understanding of the language and legal systems in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and/or Serbia.


Place of Work

Budapest, Hungary (with the possibility of a secondment at national level). As set out above, the ERRC will also consider offering a traineeship to someone who wishes to be based in the country that will be the focus (or a focus) of her/his work, if we can make appropriate supervision arrangements.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae, together with a legal writing sample and a list of two referees by email, before 31 July 2015, to:

Hajnalka Nemeth, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please mark the subject line: [First Name] [Surname] – legal trainee.

The letter and writing sample should be in English, if possible; however, we will accept letters and writing samples in the language of any of the countries listed above. Please indicate clearly in your covering letter if you are not capable of working in English and therefore would prefer to be considered only for the second option (in-country placement) and interviewed in another language. We cannot guarantee that we can conduct interviews in all languages and this may prevent us from considering your application.

While actual recruitment to all ERRC jobs is strictly on merit, the organisation strives to increase the number of persons of Roma origin in its staff and therefore specifically encourages candidates of Roma background to apply.

Apply Now: EU Integration Internships for Roma Graduates

23 June 2015

The Roma Initiatives Office invites young Roma university graduates from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia to apply for 12-month internships in institutions and organizations that work on European Union integration. 

European Union integration has provided the most favorable policy environment yet for Roma in Europe, and the aspiration of the countries of South Eastern Europe to join the EU creates opportunities to more closely connect Roma inclusion and EU enlargement policies. There is a need to build synergies between national Roma policies and EU accession processes, particularly in relation to the effective absorption of EU funds. The Roma Initiatives Office considers it crucial for Roma with appropriate knowledge and skills to play a role in this.

The application deadline is 25 July 2015. To find out more and to apply online, please click here.

Fact Sheet on the situation of Roma and Sinti in Italy out now

23 June 2015

The European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF) has published a Fact sheet on the situation of Roma and Sinti in Italy. 

This report highlights the main challenges with access to education, healthcare services housing and public Participation of Roma and Sinti and the proliferation of the Hate speech.

To access the results of the survey, please click here.

Apply Now: Project Call on Empowering Roma University Graduates

23 June 2015

The Roma Initiatives Office (RIO) aims to support Barvalipe Schools that provide a reflective, dynamic, and creative experience for Roma university graduates who want to progress from scholarship to public leadership. In pursuit of this goal, RIO invites proposals from Roma NGOs in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, and Turkey for projects that will provide opportunities for rebuilding dignity and pride, as well as developing confidence, competence, and self-reliance among Roma university graduates between the ages of 25 and 35.

The application deadline is 1 July 2015. For more information, and to apply online, please click here.

Roma village deemed discriminatory by Civil Court of Rome

23 June 2015

In 2012, the municipality of Rome initiated the construction of La Barbuta, a nomadic ‘village’ meant exclusively for Roma. Supported by international NGOs such as Amnesty International, ERRC and OSF, two local NGOs (ASGI and Associazione 21 Luglio) took legal action against what they viewed to be a discriminatory measure.

On 30 May 2015, the Civil Court of Rome decided in their favour; for the first time in Europe, the existence of nomadic camps were judged to be a form of discrimination and segregation on ethnic grounds, which constitute violations of both Italian and European law. The court decision marks a step in the right decision – however, the general housing situation of Roma in Italy remains worrying.

Following on the infringement procedures launched against the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the mentioned coalition of NGOs now urges the European Commission to initiate infringement procedures against Italy for failing to implement the Racial Equality Directive with regards to Roma. For further information, please click here.

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