European Legal Support Center (ELSC)

The European Legal Support Center (ELSC) provides legal advice, defense, and education for organizations working in the Israel-Palestine ecosystem across Europe, where advocates for Palestinian rights are targeted with lawfare. ELSC is the first and only independent organisation defending and empowering the Palestine solidarity movement in Europe through legal means.  ELSC provides free legal advice and assistance to associations, human rights NGOs, groups and individuals advocating for Palestinian rights in mainland Europe and the United Kingdom. The ELSC intervenes to end arbitrary restrictions and criminalization of peaceful advocacy and humanitarian work. It also develops legal tools and engages in strategic litigation to support civil society advocacy and campaigns. The Center was established in January 2019 as a joint initiative of European jurists, the Palestinian civil society network PNGO and the Dutch NGO The Rights Forum, which has been hosting the ELSC in Amsterdam in the start-up phase.

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