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The Court in brief

Court In Brief

The Court in brief brochure is an introduction to the Court and the key dates in its history. It gives a short summary of the Convention and its guarantees and prohibitions.

The Court in brief

 

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The ECHR in facts and figures

This document contains statistics on cases dealt with by the Court in 2013, particularly judgments delivered, the subject-matter of the violations found and violations by Article and by State.

Facts and figures 2013

Overview 1959-2013

The ECHR in 50 questions

The ECHR in 50 questions answers frequently asked questions on the Convention and the Court.

The ECHR in 50 questions




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Questions and answers

The Questions and answers are provided for the benefit of potential applicants.

Questions and answers




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Your application to the ECHR

This pamphlet, describing the various stages of the procedure by which the Court examines an application, is intended to answer the main questions that applicants might ask, especially once their application has been sent to the Court.

Your application to the ECHR - How to apply and how your application will be processed


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Simplified Convention

Simplified Convention

This simplified version of selected Articles from the Convention and its Protocols is included for educational purposes only and takes its inspiration from the simplified version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights produced by Amnesty International.

Simplified Convention



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Videos

Video on lodging an application

This video is a tutorial explaining how the application form must be completed in order to be examined by the Court.

Video "The correct way to lodge an application"

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Video on admissibility conditions

Admissibility Video Screenshot

The Court has launched a short video in English and French on the criteria for admissibility, produced with the support of the Principality of Monaco. The video, which is approximately three minutes long, is aimed at the general public and sets out the main conditions required in order to apply to the Court; failure to satisfy these conditions is the reason why the vast majority of applications are rejected.

Video on admissibility conditions


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Video on the Convention

European Convention on Human Rights Video Screenshot

The Court has produced a short video presenting the main rights and freedoms in the Convention. Aimed at a wide range of viewers, this video is currently available in 38 languages. The Court wishes to encourage initiatives aimed at including this video in civic education programmes.

Video on the Convention



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Film on the Court

Conscience of Europe Video Screenshot

The conscience of Europe, which is currently available in 24 languages, is a film about the Court. This documentary, intended for the general public, shows specific examples of cases examined by the Court and considers its prospects over the forthcoming years and the challenges facing it.

The conscience of Europe



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Video on 60 years of the Convention

Sixty Years video screenshot

Since its adoption on 4 November 1950, the Convention has been supplemented by several Protocols which have added to the rights and freedoms laid down in the original text. Through its case-law, the Court has had the opportunity to interpret the rights and freedoms defined in the Convention. In doing so, it has made the Convention a living instrument capable of applying to situations that did not exist or were inconceivable at the time it was drafted. As a result of the Court's interpretation, the Convention is a resolutely modern treaty that can adapt to contemporary social issues.

60 years of the Convention

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