Case-Law Information Note
This monthly publication contains summaries of cases (judgments, admissibility decisions, communicated cases and cases pending before the Grand Chamber) considered to be of particular interest. Each summary has a headnote and is classified by the Convention Article(s) to which the case relates and by keywords. The Case-Law Information Note also provides news about the Court and Court publications.
In the provisional version of the Note, the summaries are normally drafted in the language of the case concerned; final single-language versions are later published in both English and French. An annual index provides an overview of all the cases summarised in each calendar year.
Information Note no. 159 (January 2013)
Information Note no. 160 (February 2013)
Information Note no. 161 (March 2013)
Information Note no. 162 (April 2013)
Information Note no. 163 (May 2013)
Information Note no. 164 (June 2013)
Information Note no. 165 (July 2013)
Information Note no. 166 (August-September 2013)
Provisional Information Note no. 167 (October 2013)
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The Practical guide on admissibility criteria is intended mainly for lawyers who wish to bring a case before the Court. It describes the conditions of admissibility which an application must meet. By publishing this comprehensive guide the Court seeks to stem the flow of obviously inadmissible cases which are flooding it.
Case-law research reports
The research reports have been prepared by the Research Division and do not bind the Court. They cover its case-law, both pending cases and cases that have been adjudicated.
Joint publications by the ECHR and FRA
Handbook on European non-discrimination law
This handbook — published jointly by the Court and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in 2010 — is the first comprehensive guide to European non-discrimination law. It develops the related European case-law and covers the context and background to discrimination categories and defences, the scope of the law (including who is protected) and the grounds protected, such as sex, disability, age, race and nationality.
The case-law update of the handbook covers the period from July 2010 until December 2011.
Translations of the handbook are being prepared by external partners in the following languages: Albanian, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bosnian, Korean, Georgian, Russian, Serbian and Ukrainian. The handbook update is also being prepared in Romanian.
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Handbook on European law relating to asylum, borders and immigration
This handbook — the second joint publication by the Court and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) — is the first comprehensive guide to European law relating to asylum, borders and immigration. It focuses on law covering the situation of third-country nationals in Europe and covers a broad range of topics, including access to asylum procedures, forced returns, detention and restrictions to freedom of movement.
Translations are currently being prepared by FRA (Bulgarian, Croatian, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish) and external partners (Russian).
Publications of the Council of Europe’s Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law
Human Rights files
The “Human rights files” series is aimed at specialists in European law: lawyers, practitioners and research students. It also constitutes a useful resource for the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights in the signatory states.
Human Rights handbooks
Written by experts in the field, each handbook deals with one aspect of the European Convention on Human Rights or its protocols. They were written with legal practitioners, and particularly judges, in mind, but are accessible also to other interested readers.
Execution of judgments
Human Rights Information Bulletin
The “Bulletin”, under different titles, was published from 1978 to summer 2012, with the aim to summarise events in the field of human rights from the perspective of the Council of Europe. Each issue has sections devoted to different developments : cases before the organs of the European Convention on Human Rights, social rights, prevention of torture, protection of national minorities, gender equality, media, etc.
Practical impact of monitoring mechanisms
This document describes how the Council of Europe mechanisms pertaining to human rights and the rule of law have helped to bring about genuine improvements in legislation, practice and the situation of individuals in the member States.
Human Rights and criminal procedure
This handbook is intended to assist judges, lawyers and prosecutors to take account of the many requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights - both explicit and implicit - for the criminal process when interpreting and applying Codes of criminal procedure and comparable or related legislation.
Human rights and the fight against terrorism
The guidelines affirm states’obligation to protect everyone against terrorism, and reiterate the need to avoid arbitrariness. They also stress that all measures taken by states to combat terrorism must be lawful,and that torture must be prohibited. The legal framework set out in the guidelines concerns, in particular, the collecting and processing of personal data, measures which interfere with privacy, arrest, police custody and pre-trial detention, legal proceedings, extradition and compensation of victims.
Improvement of domestic remedies
"Human Rights" teaching resources
Anniversary Book: The Conscience of Europe
This book, designed to mark the Court’s 50th anniversary in 2009 and the Convention’s 60th in 2010, does not purport to be a full and complete history of the institution. Nor is it a treatise on the Court’s procedure and case-law, on which many publications already exist. Rather, being intended for the general reader wishing to increase his or her knowledge of the Court as an institution, it steers a course between an academic commentary and a purely introductory guide. It groups a variety of individual contributions, on topics generally selected by the authors themselves, round a skeleton retracing the main relevant events over the last half-century.
Publication has been made possible by a generous contribution from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Themes and topics
Section 1 - The history of the Court
Section 2 - The Court today
Section 3 - Some notable people in the Court's history
Section 4 - The institutions’ buildings
Section 5 - Achievements and options for the future