Case-law analysis


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

The Practical Guide on Admissibility Criteria describes the conditions of admissibility which an application to the Court must meet. This third edition covers case-law up to 1 January 2014 and the stricter procedural conditions for applying to the Court which came into force on that date. Practitioners and prospective applicants should study this Practical Guide carefully before deciding to bring a case. A print edition is available from Wolf Legal Publishers (

English (2014)

Pending translations of the third edition of the admissibility guide 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.

Institution of proceedings

Albanian (2011)

Armenian (2011)

Azerbaijani (2009)

Bulgarian (2011)

Chinese (2011)

Croatian (2011)

Czech (2011)

Estonian (2011)

French (2014)

Georgian (2011)

German (2011)

Greek (2011)

Italian (2011)

Lithuanian (2011)

Macedonian (2011)

Polish (2011)

Portuguese (2011)

Romanian (2011)

Russian (2011)

Serbian (2011)

Slovenian (2011)

Spanish (2009)

Turkish (2011)

Ukrainian (2011)

Case-law guides

Guide on Article 4 - Prohibition of slavery and forced labour:

Guide on Article 5 - Right to liberty and security:

Guide on Article 6 - Right to a fair trial (civil limb) (2013):

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

Overview of the Court’s recent case-law

The Overview prepared by the Jurisconsult for the Annual Report highlights judgments and decisions which either raise new issues or important matters of general interest, establish new principles or develop or clarify the Court’s case-law.





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.

Bioethics and the case-law of the Court (2012): English Russian

Case-law of the Court on young people (2012): English

Child abuse (2011): English

Cultural rights (2011): English French

Freedom of religion (2013): English French Russian

Internet (2011): English French Russian

National security and European case-law (2013) : French

New admissibility criterion (2012): English French Bulgarian Armenian

Positive obligations under Article 10 (2011): English Macedonian Russian

References to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the case-law of the European Court (2012): English

Role of public prosecutor (2011): English Russian

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.


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Pending translations