European Anti-discrimination Legal Network


European Network of Independent Legal Experts in the Non-discrimination Field


The Migration Policy Group and Human European Consultancy have established and manage a Network of independent legal experts in the non-discrimination field that provides independent information and advice on the implementation of the Article 19 TFEU anti-discrimination Directives in all 27 Member States. In addition to the EU Member States, the candidate countries Turkey, Croatia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are also part of the Network.

Cooperation with governmental and non-governmental stakeholders may facilitate the expeditious and timely gathering of information on developments in law and policies. It facilitates dialogue on how these developments are to be interpreted (in conformity with EU law or not) and how certain legal problems can be best addressed.

The quality of the information is crucially important for the proper implementation of the EU directives.

The network, 33 country experts for each of the EU Member States, EFTA countries and candidate countries, is run by a management team led by the Migration Policy Group and Human European Consultancy. An Executive Committee supports the Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator to ensure the scientific quality of the work. The Executive Committee consists of senior experts covering the five grounds of discrimination and a highly qualified senior expert in EU law. 

What we do

The task of the Network is to produce information, advice and reports.

The information includes:

  • The transposition of the Racial Equality Directive and the Employment Equality Directive
  • Their practical implementation
  • National initiatives in the field on anti-discrimination legislation and related policy developments
  • The impact of national court rulings that have the effect of establishing jurisprudence on the level of protection provided by national law against discrimination 
  • The potential conformity of national developments with the requirements of Community law
  • The impact of judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights on national law

Legal Network portrait collageThe Network produces:

Management team:

Coordinator: Piet Leunis, Human European Consultancy

Deputy Coordinator, Content Manager: Isabelle Chopin, Migration Policy Group

Project Management Assistant: Andrea Trotter, Human European Consultancy

Researcher/Editor: Thien Uyen Do, Migration Policy Group


Executive Committee:

Lilla Farkas, Migration Policy Group (race and ethnic origin including Roma)
Mark Freedland, Oxford University (age)
Isabelle Rorive, Free University Brussels (religion and belief)
Christa Tobler, Leiden University and Basel University (European law)
Renata Uitz, Central European University Budapest (sexual orientation)
Lisa Waddington, Maastricht University  (disability)


The country experts:

Austria: Dieter Schindlauer
Belgium: Emmanuelle Bribosia
Bulgaria: Margarita Ilieva
Croatia: Lovorka Kusan
Cyprus: Corina Demetriou
Czech Republic: Pavla Boucková
Denmark: Pia Justesen
Estonia: Vadim Poleshchuk
Finland: Rainer Hiltunen
France: Sophie Latraverse
FYR of Macedonia: Biljana Kotevska
Germany: Matthias Mahlmann
Greece: Athanassios Theodoridis
Hungary: András Kádár
Iceland: Gudrun D. Gudmundsdottir
Ireland: Orlagh O'Farrell
Italy: Chiara Favilli
Latvia:  Anhelita Kamenska
Liechtenstein: Wilfried Marxer
Lithuania: Gediminas Andriukaitis
Luxembourg: Tania Hoffmann
Malta: Tonio Ellul
Netherlands: Rikki Holtmaat
Norway: Else Leona McClimans
Poland: Lukasz Bojarski
Portugal: Manuel Malheiros
Romania: Romanita Iordache
Slovakia: Janka Debreceniov
Slovenia: Neza Kogovsek
Spain: Lorenzo Cachón Rodríguez
Sweden: Per Norberg
Turkey: Dilek Kurban
United Kingdom: Aileen McColgan