ESR14 Fernando Ruiz Molina

University of Plymouth
Supervised by Dr. Z. James
I am doing a critical analysis of hate perpetration against Roma.

Project Synopsis

Project title: A Critical Analysis of Hate Perpetration Against Roma.

Antigypsyism is “a specific form of racism directed against gypsies, an ideology based on racial superiority, a form of dehumanization and institutional racism fueled by historical discrimination, which is expresses, among other ways, through violence, hate speech, exploitation, stigmatization and the most brutal discrimination” (ECRI, 2011).

The failure of the EU’s hate crime policy to consider the systemic harms suffered by socially and economically excluded groups justify that the reports of hate-inspired harassment and violence against Roma are very high (FRA, 2016).

Considering that social exclusion leads to serious challenges of policing hate against Roma (James, 2015), this project aims to investigate how economic forces within globalization are impacting hate perpetration against Roma. To attain it, this project will provide 1) a coherent evidence base for better understanding hate committed against Roma communities and 2) explain hate perpetration within the context of neoliberal global capitalism. The outcome of this investigation will serve as a contribution to the development of policy changes for better protection of Roma against hate-inspired harassment and violence.


Fernando Ruiz Molina is a PhD Candidate at School of Law, Criminology and Government at the University of Plymouth and his current research focuses on Critical Analysis on Hate Perpetration against Roma. At the base, Ruiz Molina is a Human Rights lawyer with nine years of experience in the field of social activism and Roma associationism. Although Ruiz Molina has worked in different fields (Housing Law, International Law, Gender-based violence), in the recent years, he has dedicated considerable time on the defense of Human Rights and the endowment of political status to the “Roma cause”. Furthermore, Ruiz Molina has also worked within international Roma framework as part of his position as Junior Expert on Roma and Sinti Issues at OSCE-ODIHR. His LLM master’s thesis undertaken at the Central European University, deals with the segregationist models of education for Roma in Europe, applied to the Spanish context.

Besides that, Ruiz Molina holds a Degree in Law and a Master´s in Law at the University of Murcia, Spain, as well as the Roma Graduate Preparation Program at CEU.

Finally, he is very happy to start his membership within the NETHATE Consortium, hoping to contribute to enlarge the knowledge on hate against Roma.