Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

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The Czech Republic has faced much criticism in the past fifteen years for the treatment of its Romani minority community. The European Union has successfully applied informal, non-legal means of pressuring the Czech Republic into making some changes necessary to improve living conditions for Roma. With the Czech Republic's recent accession to the European Union, legal human rights institutions will likely play a larger role in ensuring that the Czech Republic continues to improve conditions for Czech Roma. The Author uses a case brought by a group of Roma at the European Court of Human Rights to demonstrate the potential that European legal institutions have for bettering the treatment of Czech Roma. The Author concludes that the EU must apply both non-legal pressure and use its own as well as affiliated human rights institutions to promote the improvement of living standards and conditions for Roma in the Czech Republic.