European & Human Rights Law
European Law is divided into “primary” and “secondary” legislation. The treaties (primary legislation) are the basis or ground rules for all EU action. Secondary legislation – which includes regulations, directives and decisions – are derived from the principles and objectives set out in the treaties. Our office deals with European Law in its broader sense, focusing on issues of European integration, protection of human rights, international economic law, public and private international law.
EU law has not provided for specific remedies to be available in national courts in case of infringements of EU law. Instead, minimum standards for remedies to be provided by national courts have been developed through the requests by national courts for preliminary rulings under Article 267 TFEU. Besides, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights protects individuals and legal entities against actions by the EU institutions that infringe fundamental rights. If this happens, the European Court of Justice has the power to review the legality of the act.
Human rights are basic rights and fundamental freedoms to which all people are entitled, simply because they are human beings and are strongly protected by international treaties. Our lawyers have deep knowledge and expertise in all aspects of European & Human Rights law and are eligible to advocate for people who have suffered from injustices, persecution, torture and civil rights violations, taking on cases to protect the legal rights of marginalized groups and individuals, such as national minorities, indigenous groups, women, war victims, refugees, etc.