Case-Law Information Note
This monthly publication contains summaries of cases (judgments, admissibility decisions, communicated cases and cases pending before the Grand Chamber) considered to be of particular interest. Each summary has a headnote and is classified by the Convention Article(s) to which the case relates and by keywords. The Case-Law Information Note also provides news about the Court and Court publications.
In the provisional version of the Note, the summaries are normally drafted in the language of the case concerned; final single-language versions are later published in both English and French. An annual index provides an overview of all the cases summarised in each calendar year.
Legal summaries published in Case-law Information Notes are also available in HUDOC.
- Case-Law Information Note
- Admissibility guide
- Handbook on European law relating to asylum, borders and immigration
- Handbook on European non-discrimination law
- Handbook on European data protection law
- Case-law guides
- Summary of the main judgments and decisions delivered by the Court
- Case-law research reports
The Practical guide on admissibility criteria is intended mainly for lawyers who wish to bring a case before the Court. It describes the conditions of admissibility which an application must meet. By publishing this comprehensive Guide the Court seeks to stem the flow of obviously inadmissible cases which are flooding it. The Guide was published in 2009 and updated in 2011. A further updated version will be published in the second half of 2014.
The translations into non-official languages come from various sources. Only the English and French versions have been validated by the Court.
As regards the six-month time-limit set out in Article 35 § 1 of the Convention, please note that following the entry into force of Rule 47 of the Rules of Court on 1 January 2014, the date of introduction of an application is the date on which a duly completed application form accompanied by copies of all the relevant documents is sent to the Court.
Handbook on European law relating to asylum, borders and immigration
This handbook is the first comprehensive guide to European law relating to asylum, borders and immigration. It focuses on law covering the situation of third-country nationals in Europe and covers a broad range of topics, including access to asylum procedures, forced returns, detention and restrictions to freedom of movement.
Handbook on European non-discrimination law
This handbook is the first comprehensive guide to European non-discrimination law. It develops the related European case-law and covers the context and background to discrimination categories and defences, the scope of the law (including who is protected) and the grounds protected, such as sex, disability, age, race and nationality.
Handbook on European data protection law
This Handbook is a comprehensive guide to European data protection law designed to familiarise legal practitioners who are not specialised in the field of data protection with this area of law. It provides an overview of the EU’s and the CoE’s applicable legal frameworks and explains key jurisprudence of both the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
The Court has launched a new series of studies on its case-law relating to particular Articles of the Convention.
Guide on Article 4 - Prohibition of slavery and forced labour (2012):
Guide on Article 5 - Right to liberty and security (2012):
Guide on Article 6 - Right to a fair trial (civil limb) (2013):
Summary of the main judgments and decisions delivered by the Court
Case-law research reports
These reports concern certain transversal themes, particular Convention provisions and the use of other international instruments in the Court’s case-law.
Case-law of the Court on young people (2012): English
Child abuse (2011): English
Freedom of religion: Research report: Overview of the Court’s case-law on freedom of religion (2013) French (2013) Russian (2011, translation 2013 pending)
References to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the case-law of the European Court (2012): English
Use of Council of Europe treaties in the case-law of the Court (2011): English
The Press Service has compiled factsheets by theme on the Court’s case-law and pending cases.