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Judgments and decisions

HUDOC database


All the Court’s judgments and a large selection of decisions, information on communicated cases, advisory opinions, press releases, legal summaries and Commission decisions and reports are published in the HUDOC database.

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Selection of key cases

Key cases

Reports of judgments and decisions

This selection, replacing the Reports of Judgments and Decisions, contains key cases or extracts of cases classified by Articles, alphabetical order of cases and of defending States.


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Lists of judgments, decisions, advisory opinions

The ‘Case-law references of judgments, advisory opinions and published decisions’ is a master list of all judgments, advisory opinions and decisions that have been published or selected for publication in the Court’s official series.

Recent judgments

Recent decisions

Mode of citation

This document, updated in August 2018, explains the mode of citation and how to refer to the judgments and decisions of the Court.


Note on citation for judgments and decisions

Inter-State applications

Human Rights Building Main hearing room

Most applications before the Court are individual applications lodged by private persons. A State may also lodge an application against another State Party to the Convention; this is called an inter-State application.

Inter-State applications  

Questions and Answers on Inter-State applications

Case-law translations

Translations programme

With a view to making the Convention standards more accessible in Council of Europe member States, the Court has launched a case-law translation programme, including a first project launched with the support of the Human Rights Trust Fund (“HRTF”) as well as a separate one covering additional languages. In the context of this programme, over 25,000 texts - judgments, decisions and legal summaries - in thirty-one languages other than English and French have now been made available in HUDOC.

Further information about the translation programme

Existing translations

Human Rights Trust Fund website

Project partners

Lists of local project partners and cases in which a translation has been requested

HELP Programme

The HELP Programme supports the Council of Europe member States in implementing the Convention at national level by enhancing the capacity of judges, lawyers and prosecutors to apply the Convention in their daily work.
The HELP website provides free on-line access to materials and tools for professional training on the Convention.

HELP website