Events at the Court

ECHR Building

Opening of the Judicial Year 2014


The judicial year of the Court was formally opened on 31 January 2014. Around 260 eminent figures from the European judicial scene attended a seminar on the theme “Implementation of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: a shared judicial responsibility?”.

Proceedings of the Seminar

Seminar Background Paper

Webcast of the Seminar

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Solemn hearing

The seminar was followed by the official opening ceremony, in the course of which President Spielmann and Andreas Voßkuhle, President of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, addressed a 320-strong audience representing the judicial world and local and national authorities.

Speech by President Spielmann

Speech by Prof. Dr. Andreas Vosskuhle

Webcast of the solemn hearing

Photo gallery

View all openings to the Judicial Year

Opening of the Judicial Year 2015

60 years of the Convention (2010)

Anniversary site

60 years anniversary site

On the occasion of the 60 years of the European Convention, the Council of Europe launched a dedicated site to mark this anniversary.

60th Anniversary site

Anniversary video

60 years video

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.

Video: 60 years of the Convention

The Convention in pictures

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.

Video on the Convention

"The Convention belongs to you!"

"Protection of human rights"

The Convention in drawings

50 years of the Court (2009)

50th Anniversary web site

Exhibition on 50 years of the Court

50 years Exhibition

The Court


Some figures

In and around the Court
(in French only)

Fifty-years of the Court

(in French only)

50th Anniversary
(in French only)

Statements about the Court by leading figures

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

Statistics diagram

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.

The ECHR in facts and figures

Protocol No. 11 of the Convention

Protocol no.11

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.

More information

Convention as amended by Protocol No. 11

Other events

Seminar on the European law on asylum, borders and immigration

Seminar with FRA (2013)

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).

Press release, other languages

Programme of the seminar


Opening speech by President Spielmann (in French only)

Opening speech by Morten Kjaerum

Speech by Olivier Beer

Speech by Jacek Chlebny

Speech by Isabelle Doyen (in French only)

Concluding remarks by François Crépeau


Seminar on European non-discrimination law

Seminar on non discrimination

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).

Press release, Other languages

Progamme of the seminar

Webpage of the FRA

Handbook on non-discrimination law

Speech by President Costa (in French only)

Speech by Morten Kjaerum (in French only)

Watch the seminar: part 1, part 2 (morning), part 1, part 2 (afternoon)

Regional Human Rights Courts

Regional Human Rights Court

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.

Press release

Opening speech by President Costa (in French only)

Speech by President Costa

Speech by Laurence Burgorgue-Larsen (in French only)

The 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Meeting with Robert Badinter

Robert Badinter

Robert Badinter gave a talk at the Council of Europe on 15 March 2011 on the subject "France and the European Convention on Human Rights as seen by a privileged witness".


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