European Convention - A living instrument
This is an educational publication on the Convention which presents the Convention, its development and its Articles and Protocols in an easy-to-read style.
Your application to the ECHR
The ECHR in facts and figures 2020
This document provides different statistical results about the cases examined by the Court during the year 2020.
This Overview presents various comparative statistics concerning judgments and violations for the period 1959-2020.
Video on the Convention
Video on 60 years of the Convention
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 on admissibility conditions*
The Court has launched a short video in English and French on the criteria for admissibility, produced with the support of the Principality of Monaco. The video, which is approximately three minutes long, is aimed at the general public and sets out the main conditions required in order to apply to the Court; failure to satisfy these conditions is the reason why the vast majority of applications are rejected.
Video (old version)
Other languages (old versions)
* A new video on the admissibility conditions following the entry into force of the Protocol No. 15 will be available shortly.
Videos on the ECHR's case-law
Four short videos, four minutes each, present some of the aspects of the case-law of the ECHR. Aimed at a wide range of viewers, as well as at the law professionals, these videos are available in both official languages of the organisation.
Human Rights building
The Court is identifiable across the world by the symbol of the building in which it is housed: the Human Rights Building.
47 judges and about 650 Registry staff work there to ensure respect for the human rights of 820 million Europeans in the 47 member States of the Council of Europe that have ratified the Convention.