Events at the Court
Opening of the judicial year 2013
The Court's judicial year was formally opened on 25 January 2013. One hundred and fifty eminent figures from the European judicial scene attended a seminar on the theme “Implementing the European Convention on Human Rights in times of economic crisis”.
At the solemn hearing which followed the seminar, President Dean Spielmann and Theodor Meron, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, addressed an audience of about 300, including many representatives of judicial institutions and national and local authorities.
“Implementing the European Convention on Human Rights in times of economic crisis”
Speech by President Spielmann (in Italian)
60 years of the Convention (2010)
On the occasion of the 60 years of the European Convention, the Council of Europe launched a dedicated site to mark this anniversary.
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.
Main rights illustrated
The Convention in pictures
The rights and freedoms secured by the Convention include the right to life, the right to a fair hearing, the right to respect for private and family life, freedom of expression, freedom of thought, conscience and religion and the protection of property.
The Convention in drawings
50 years of the Court (2009)
50th Anniversary web site
Exhibition on 50 years of the Court
10 years of the "new" Court (1998)
The "new" Court was set up following the entry into force of Protocol No. 11 to the Convention on 1 November 1998. A single system was thus brought into existence allowing 800 million Europeans to apply directly to an international court if they considered themselves victims of a violation of their fundamental rights.
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the "new" Court, President Costa hailed the establishment of the “new” Court in 1998 as a landmark in the development of international human rights protection.
Information and statistics
Since the reform of the Convention system, there has been a considerable increase in the Court’s caseload. Barely ten years after the reform, as it approached its 50th anniversary, the Court has delivered its 10,000th judgment. At that time, more than 90% of the Court’s judgments since it was set up in 1959 had been delivered between 1998 and 2008.
Protocol No. 11 of the Convention
Protocol No. 11 has modified the Convention system by creating a single and permanent Court, thus ending the filtering mechanism of the former European Commission of Human Rights. It has also fully recognised the right of each and every individual to apply directly to the Court.
Seminar on the European law on asylum, borders and immigration
A handbook on European law on asylum, borders and immigration was launched at a seminar at the Court on 11 June 2013, which was organised jointly by the Court and the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA).
Opening speech by President Spielmann (in French only)
Speech by Isabelle Doyen (in French only)
Seminar on European non-discrimination law
A handbook on European non-discrimination law was launched at a seminar at the Court on 21 March 2011, which was organised jointly by the Court and the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA).
Speech by President Costa (in French only)
Speech by Morten Kjaerum (in French only)
Regional Human Rights Courts
Three Regional Human Rights Courts met in Strasbourg (08/12/2008)
As part of the celebrations to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a seminar on regional human rights courts took place at the Court on 8 and 9 December 2008. The seminar was organised by the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the Strasbourg-based International Institute of Human Rights and the Court, and in association with the African Foundation for International Law and the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights.
Opening speech by President Costa (in French only)
Speech by Laurence Burgorgue-Larsen (in French only)