The European Centre for Law and Justice is an international, Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights in Europe and worldwide. The ECLJ holds special Consultative Status before the United Nations/ECOSOC since 2007.
The ECLJ engages legal, legislative, and cultural issues by implementing an effective strategy of advocacy, education, and litigation. The ECLJ advocates in particular the protection of religious freedoms and the dignity of the person with the European Court of Human Rights and the other mechanisms afforded by the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and others.
The ECLJ is a Christian-inspired organisation and bases its action on “the spiritual and moral values which are the common heritage of European peoples and the true source of individual freedom, political liberty and the rule of law, principles which form the basis of all genuine democracy” (Preamble of the Statute of the Council of Europe).
Founded by Jay Alan Sekulow and Thomas Patrick Monaghan, the ECLJ opened its official headquarters in Strasbourg, France, on July 2, 1998. In 1997, efforts began to mobilise Christian lawyers internationally. The ECLJ is affiliated with offices in Israel, Kenya, Pakistan, Russia, the US, and Zimbabwe.
As a non-profit organisation, the ECLJ does not charge for its services.
Jay Sekulow is the Chief Counsel of the European Center for Law and Justice. He is also Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a law firm and educational organization that focuses on constitutional law.
Dr Grégor Puppinck is the Director General of the European Center for Law and Justice.