Romanian Group for the Human Rights Defence GRADO Association was established under Law 21 of 1924 as an initiative of 21 people. The association has acquired legal personality in September 1994 under the final court ruling.

The number of members in the association fluctuated over time, reaching a maximum of 41 members in 2000. Between 2001 and 2003 had 30 members, their number gradually reducing to 22 people in 2009. The Association’s status  prescribes rights and obligations for the association members. Any person who wishes to become a member of the association may send  an application for enrollment.