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.
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.
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):
Guide on Article 6 - Right to a fair trial (criminal limb) (2014):
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
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.