Judgments and decisions
Reports of Judgments and Decisions
The Reports of Judgments and Decisions (cited in the case-law as ECHR and available in Hudoc under the importance level ‘Case Reports’) is an official collection of the Court's leading judgments, decisions and advisory opinions since 1998. The selection of the most important cases is made by the Bureau* following a proposal by the Jurisconsult**.
Each volume contains a series of cases or extracts of cases, classified by Articles, keywords and key notions, preceded by a headnote and a summary, in English and French.
The contents of each volume can be found in the relevant index.
The 2007-2013 Reports case selection can be consulted below:
* The Bureau is composed of the President and Vice-Presidents of the Court and of the Section Presidents.
** The Jurisconsult is responsible for case-law monitoring and plays a key role in preventing case-law conflicts.
The Reports are available in PDF format by clicking on the links below. Currently, volumes are available from 1999 to 2009 and the first four volumes of 2012. Other materials will become available shortly. Users wishing to search for individual cases selected in the Reports are invited to use the HUDOC database.
Lists of judgments, decisions, advisory opinions and inter-State applications
The ‘Case-law references of judgments, advisory opinions and published decisions’ is a master list of all judgments delivered by a Grand Chamber or Chamber, all advisory opinions issued by the Court under Article 47 of the Convention and all decisions that have been published or selected for publication in the Court’s official series.
It replaces the former alphabetical and chronological lists, which have been discontinued.
Mode of citation
Over the years, the Convention institutions’ case-law has been reported in a number of different printed collections (Collection of Decisions, Yearbook, Decisions and Reports, for the Commission, and Series A, Reports of Judgments and Decisions, ECHR, for the Court). In addition, from 1998 a massive store of unreported case-law has been built up in the Court’s database (HUDOC). This has led to the emergence of a number of different patterns.
With a view to making the Convention standards more accessible in Council of Europe member States, the Court has launched a case-law translation programme, including a first project launched with the support of the Human Rights Trust Fund (“HRTF”) as well as a separate one covering additional languages. In the context of this programme, hundreds of Court judgments, decisions and legal summaries deemed to be of Europe-wide significance are being translated into the official languages of the member States indicated in the lists at the end of this page.
Training and information on the Court's case-law
The HELP website provides free on-line access to materials and tools for professional training on the Convention.
Lists of local project partners and cases in which a translation has been requested