NERA Congratulates Lexpert Zenith Awards Winner

14 October 2010

Toronto -- NERA Economic Consulting is pleased to congratulate McCarthy Tétrault LLP and the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto for winning a Platinum award at Lexpert magazine's Zenith Awards ceremony in the category of Change Agent: Race, Culture and/or Ethnicity.

McCarthy Tétrault and team were recognized for their altruistic pro bono work in helping secure financial compensation in the case of Tanase and Others V. Romania before the European Court of Human Rights. NERA assisted the team by submitting an economic assessment on behalf of the plaintiffs, which formed the economic basis for the damages awarded by the European Court of Human Rights.

The case revolved around 24 Romanian nationals of Roma descent who were forced to flee their village of Bolintin Deal after a crowd of over 2,000 non-Roma individuals, including Bolintin public officials, attacked the Roma community and destroyed their homes. Since their expulsion, the Roma families have been unable to return to their village and have not found meaningful work since the attack.

"I congratulate the McCarthy Tétrault team on their win. This honor exemplifies the valuable pro bono work McCarthy Tétrault provides to local communities and defenders of international human rights," said Mark Berenblut, a Senior Vice President in NERA's Toronto office. "My team at NERA is honored to have provided economic analysis in the Tanase case and supported this important human right decision."

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