Reform of the Court
Since the Court was set up in 1959 the Council of Europe’s member States have adopted several Protocols to the Convention, aimed at improving and strengthening the control machinery established by it.
In addition, several high-level conferences on reform of the Convention system have been held in recent years.
Conference in Copenhagen 2018
A high-level conference on reform of the Convention system was held in Copenhagen on 12 and 13 April 2018.
At the request of the Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the Court has examined the draft Declaration and issued an opinion on the subject.
Conference in Brussels 2015
A High-Level Conference was held in Brussels on 26 & 27 March 2015 about "The implementation of the European Convention of Human Rights, our shared responsibility"
Speech by President Spielmann (in French)
Brighton Conference 2012
A High-Level Conference on the future of the Court was organised by the United Kingdom in Brighton on 18-20 April 2012, during the British Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The Plenary Court has adopted a preliminary opinion for the preparation of the Conference.
* Translations into Italian were commissioned by the Italian Government
Interlaken Conference 2010
President Costa, accompanied by a delegation of judges and members of the Registry, travelled to Interlaken (Switzerland) on 18 and 19 February 2010 to attend a Ministerial Conference on the future of the European Court of Human Rights. A joint declaration was adopted at the close of the Conference.
Reports, Notes and Opinions
Protocol No. 16 to the Convention
Protocol No. 16 to the Convention will allow the highest courts and tribunals of a State Party to request the Court to give advisory opinions on questions of principle relating to the interpretation or application of the rights and freedoms defined in the Convention or the protocols thereto.
Protocol No. 16 will come into force on 1 August 2018, solely in respect of the States which have signed and ratified it.
Opinion of the Court (May 2013)
Protocol No. 15 to the Convention
Protocol No. 15 amending the Convention introduces a reference to the principle of subsidiarity and the doctrine of the margin of appreciation. It also reduces from six to four months the time-limit within which an application may be made to the Court following the date of a final domestic decision.
Protocol No. 15 will enter into force as soon as all the States Parties to the Convention have signed and ratified it.
Opinion of the Court (February 2013)
Reports and Opinions
Opinion on the CDDH report on the Advisory Panel (15/04/2014)
Note on the Reform Work
The purpose of this note is to present the situation in the Court with particular regard to the reform work set in motion after the Interlaken Declaration and Action Plan, and the follow-up Conferences in Izmir and Brighton.
The Court's Advisory Jurisdiction
Review of the Working Methods of the Court
Report by the Right Honorable The Lord Woolf (December 2005)