Human Rights Building

20 years anniversary

The Human Rights Building, which houses the Court, is 20 years old! It was designed by the British architect, Lord Richard Rogers (2007 Laureate of the Pritzker prize), and inaugurated in 1995. The anniversary of the building provides an opportunity to take us back to the creation and design of this highly symbolic and emblematic architectural work which is now part of French cultural heritage. It is the subject of an exhibition put on by the Court in September 2015, inaugurated by President Spielmann in the presence, among others, of Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe and Ivan Harbour, who developed the design of the Building and is now a partner in the firm of architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

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Film - 20th Anniversary - HR Building

Speech - Dean Spielmann

Speech - Deputy Secretary General - CoE

The different architectural designs

Amendments to the winning project

Construction of the Human Rights Building

Around the Human Rights Building

The Human Rights Building today

What they said about it


The Court is identifiable across the world by the symbol of the building in which it is housed: the Human Rights Building.

47 judges and about 650 Registry staff work there to ensure respect for the human rights of 820 million Europeans in the 47 member States of the Council of Europe that have ratified the Convention.