Publications of the
Council of Europe’s Directorate General
of Human Rights and Rule of Law
Human rights files
The “Human rights files” series is aimed at specialists in European law: lawyers, practitioners and research students. It also constitutes a useful resource for the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights in the signatory states.
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Human rights handbooks
Written by experts in the field, each handbook deals with one aspect of the European Convention on Human Rights or its protocols. They were written with legal practitioners, and particularly judges, in mind, but are accessible also to other interested readers.
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Execution of the judgments of the Court
Annuals Reports on the Execution of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (CM-EXEC)
Human rights information bulletin
Published 3 times a year, the "Bulletin" is an update on human rights activities within the Council of Europe
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Practical impact of the Council of Europe monitoring mechanisms
This document describes the way in which the Council of Europe mechanisms pertaining to human rights and rule of law have worked towards definite improvements in legislation, practice and the situation of individuals in the member states.
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Human rights and criminal procedure
This handbook is intended to assist judges, lawyers and prosecutors to take account of the many requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights - both explicit and implicit - for the criminal process when interpreting and applying Codes of Criminal Procedure and comparable or related legislation.
Human rights and the fight against terrorism
The guidelines affirm states’obligation to protect everyone against terrorism, and reiterate the need to avoid arbitrariness. They also stress that all measures taken by states to combat terrorism must be lawful,and that torture must be prohibited. The legal framework set out in the guidelines concerns, in particular, the collecting and processing of personal data, measures which interfere with privacy, arrest, police custody and pre-trial detention, legal proceedings, extradition and compensation of victims.
Improvement of domestic remedies
Human Rights factsheets - Rights and freedoms in practice: teaching resources
These worksheets, which are both theoretical and practical, are a dynamic resource to help teachers foster an awareness of human rights among their pupils.