CASE is a coalition of non-governmental organisations from across Europe united in recognition of the threat posed to public watchdogs by Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs)


We are a coalition of non-governmental organisations from across Europe united in recognition of the threat posed to public watchdogs by SLAPPs (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation).

Pursued by wealthy and powerful litigants, SLAPPs are an abuse of the legal system and a threat to democracy. They attempt to intimidate and silence public watchdogs through lengthy and expensive litigation that drains a target’s resources and chills critical voices.

On behalf of journalists, activists, whistle blowers, rights defenders and other watchdogs targeted by these tactics, we work to expose legal harassment and intimidation, protect the rights of those who speak out, and advocate for comprehensive protective measures and reform.


Exposing SLAPPs and those who use them

We work to expose the worst SLAPP offenders and their preferred techniques. By exposing SLAPP offenders to public scrutiny and criticism, we aim to deter the use of these abusive practices and fight back against a culture of legal harassment.

Building resilience to SLAPPS

We provide resources to public watchdogs on how to best protect themselves from being targeted by a SLAPP, and on what to do if they are. We connect SLAPP targets to those who can assist, drawing on a wide network of lawyers, NGOs and advocacy organisations to provide legal expertise, campaign assistance and emergency funding where circumstances permit.

Advocating for law reform

We urge policy makers to protect public watchdogs from SLAPP suits and advocate for stronger safeguards in law.

How are we funded

CASE is currently funded by the Open Society Foundations (OSF). This is the first round of funding the coalition received. The grant is for a total of €258,242 ($300,000) that is used for advocacy work of the coalition. This includes funding for the coordination of the coalition, making technical assessments of the European Commission’s anti-SLAPP initiative, gathering intel from EU institutions on SLAPPs and organising the European anti-SLAPP conference, among other things.

Here is how the fund was allocated to sub-grantees:

In  January 2023, CASE was awarded a further €40,000 by Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer (FPH) for legal work and advocacy on the EU Anti SLAPP Directive. 

How are we governed

The Steering Committee (SC) is responsible for securing the governance structures so as to ensure that the coalition’s work is coordinated, strategically aligned, and conducted in an inclusive and transparent manner. The SC includes:

For more information, please contact CASE’s Steering Committee at:

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