what we do

We bring a paradigmatic shift to anti-discrimination and equality policy at national and European levels and bridge the gap between scholarly research and policymaking on issues of systemic inequality and discrimination. CIJ seeks to influence the public discourse and impact on policymaking through direct advocacy, research and policy advice, as well as publications on issues related to intersectional discriminations based on race, gender, class and all other systems of oppression which sustain inequality. We cover a wide array of policy areas, ranging from employment, education, migration and asylum, to health and the securitization of European states.


We advocate for the legal recognition of intersectional discrimination and the adoption of effective policy measures to curb it at national and European levels.

European legal systems are currently blind towards intersectional discrimination. We actively engage with policy- and lawmakers at national and European levels to improve the legal and policy framework on anti-discrimination and equal opportunity. We push for the urgent legal and policy changes which can help create an enabling framework to effectively combat intersectional discrimination and inequalities. Through our advocacy efforts, we hold governments and public bodies accountable for their implementation of equal treatment and human rights commitments. We provide decision-makers with practical policy advice and recommendations to improve anti-discrimination legislation and equal opportunity policies across all dimensions of discrimination.


We research and monitor the hidden effects of specific laws and policies and analyse the processes of intersectional discrimination and structural inequalities.

Intersectional discrimination is hard to uncover because the people affected by it are usually part of larger - already marginalized - groups. Our policy-oriented research identifies, analyses and exposes instances of intersectional discrimination, as well as monitors existing laws and policies. Through our network of renowned experts and partner academic institutions, we combine policy relevance with high-quality research and bridge the gap between theory and practice. We infuse an intersectional perspective into policymaking and implementation by translating our research findings into practical input aimed at governmental bodies, law-enforcement agencies, NGOs and courts at European and national levels. Read our publications here.


We provide learning opportunities around the concept of intersectionality through lectures, discussions, roundtables and workshops to promote its practical use in policy and law.

The concept of intersectionality is widely discussed in the academic sphere but its practical implementation remains unclear. We seek to bridge this gap by clarifying and deepening the understanding of intersectionality from a policy-oriented perspective. Experts and practitioners come together to provide insights into the theoretical meaning and practical use of intersectionality and to discuss their real-life implications. Our event series are designed for people involved in the development and implementation of anti-discrimination and equal opportunity policies in governmental and non-governmental bodies. We also welcome individual social justice advocates willing to deepen their understanding of intersectionality.

We also conduct workshops and trainings around diversity, non-discrimination in hiring, implicit bias and intersectionality in individual institutions. Find out more about our training here. Should you be interested in booking a training or workshop with us, do not hesitate to contact us!


CIJ supports community initiatives and partners to advocate for intersectionality in policy and practice.

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NODOPTION is a Germany-wide initiative of rainbow families who are taking strategic litigation action to address discimination in parentage laws in Germany, that do not recognize the rights of queer couples and the recognition of both partners as parents of their children. The campaign criticizes the institutional discrimination of queer couples - married and unmarried - through a law that denies women* and gender diverse partners to be added to their child's birth certificate, in addition to the birth parent.

The Racial Equity Index

The Racial Equity Index is producing an index and advocacy tools that will provide greater accountability for racial equity within and across the global development sector in order to dismantle structural racism and create a more equitable system and culture, with justice and dignity at its core.

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Equinox is an initiative that aims to advance rights and justice for racialised communities and ensure that legislation and policies work for everyone in Europe.


We conduct policy-oriented research to identify, analyze and expose instances of intersectional discrimination, and monitor existing laws and policies. We combine policy relevance with high-quality research and bridge the gap between theory and practice through our network of renowned experts and partner academic institutions. Our publications provide insight into policy challenges, and provide recommendations for addressing intersectional discrimination in various sectors today.