Judgments and decisions
All the Court’s judgments and a large selection of decisions, items of information on communicated cases, consultative opinions, press releases, legal summaries and Commission decisions and reports are published in the HUDOC database.
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.
Reports case selection:
* 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.
Mode of citation
This document explain the mode of citation and how to refer to the judgments and decisions of the Court.
The Reports are available in PDF format. Currently, volumes are available from 1999 to 2013. Other materials will become available shortly. Users wishing to search for individual cases selected in the Reports are invited to use the HUDOC database.
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Lists of judgments, decisions, advisory opinions
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.
Most applications before the Court are individual applications lodged by private persons. A State may also lodge an application against another State Party to the Convention; this is called an inter-State application.
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 Programme supports the Council of Europe member States in implementing the Convention at national level by enhancing the capacity of judges, lawyers and prosecutors to apply the Convention in their daily work.
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