The 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 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.
This document gives an overview of the Court’s activities since it was established.
The ECHR in 50 questions
The ECHR in 50 questions answers frequently asked questions on the Convention and the Court.
Questions and answers
The Questions and answers are provided for the benefit of potential applicants.
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.
Video on admissibility conditions
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 the Convention
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
Film on the Court
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
Video on 60 years of the Convention
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.