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Can associations, organisations or other legal entities, who have a legitimate interest, engage, either on behalf or in support of the complainant, with his or her approval, in any judicial and/or administrative procedure concerning discrimination?

Key Area:
Anti-discrimination Legislation & Implementation
Discrimination, Equality
20/12/2011 - 13:47
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Yes, according to art. 23 AGG, anti-discrimination organisations are authorized ‘to be entrusted with the legal affairs’ of the alleged victim of discrimination and ‘to act as a legal advisor’ in the court hearing. The AGG provision also outlines what criteria need to be met to be recognised as an ‘anti-discrimination organisation’ according to the act (art. 23 (1) AGG): The association/organisation must comprise at least 75 members (or seven member associations respectively) and the organisation must strive for the special interests of disadvantaged persons or groups of persons – on a non-profit basis and not only temporarily – which must be enshrined in its statutes.   
Several specialised anti-discrimination NGOs have successfully provided support and legal assistance to victims of discrimination before court.


General Equal Treatment Act (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz, AGG), 14.08.2006, (accessed on 21.12.2011).


Groups affected/interested Migrants, Refugees, Roma & Travelers, Muslims, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Linguistic minorities, Asylum seekers, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Persons with disability
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Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Anti-discrimination, Anti-racism
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