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The Library of the European Court of Human Rights has a rich collection of material on the European Convention of Human Rights, the European Court of Human Rights, as well as material on human rights, international law, national legislation and case-law. The library develops this collection with purchased and donated items.

References to all the material in the collection can be found in the catalogue

The complete list of the Library's periodical collection covers human rights law and public international law. The list comprises subscription and non-subscription titles, as well as current and defunct titles.

New Acquisitions Bulletin

To keep you regularly informed about the latest additions to the collection the Library produces a 'New Acquisitions Bulletin'. It is published quarterly at the beginning of April, July, October and January.

The references are to books, chapters in books and periodical articles and are attributed to one of the Bulletin’s 11 subject areas. They are drawn from books and periodicals acquired by purchase or donation.

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Bulletin Issues

2021

Bulletin 2 (April / June)

Bulletin 1 (January / March)

2020

Bulletin 4 (October / December)

Bulletin 3 (July / September)

Bulletin 1-2 (January / June)

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Table of contents of human rights periodicals

The Library has selected the leading 21 periodical titles delivering scholarly articles on international human rights law and offers a current awareness service of their contents.
Click on the title image to view the contents of the latest issue.

Cyprus Human Rights Law Journal

Mortsel (Belgium) : Intersentia
Frequency : 2 x/year
Holdings : 2012-
ISSN : 2034-8770
www.intersentia.co.uk
Latest issue: Vol.3, issue 2 (2014)

Diritti dell'uomo - cronache e battaglie

Roma : UFTDU
Frequency : 3 x/year
Holdings : 1990-
ISSN : 1121-8754
www.unionedirittiumani.it
Latest issue : Vol. 31 no. 2 (2020)

Diritti umani e diritto internazionale

Milano : FrancoAngeli
Frequency : 3 x/year
Holdings : 2007-
ISSN : 1971-7105
www.francoangeli.it
Latest issue : Vol. 15, no. 1 (2021)

Europäische Grundrechte Zeitschrift

Kehl am Rhein (Germany) : Engel Verlag
Frequency : 24 x/year
Holdings : 1974-
ISSN : 0341-9800
www.eugrz.info
Latest issue : Jahrg. 48, H. 7-12 (2021)

European human rights law review

London : Sweet and Maxwell
Frequency : 6 x/year
Holdings : 1995-
ISSN : 1361-1526
www.sweetandmaxwell.co.uk
Latest issue : Issue 3 (2021)

Harvard human rights journal

Cambridge (USA) : Harvard Law School
Frequency : 2 x/year
Holdings : 1988-
ISSN : 1057-5057
www.law.harvard.edu
Latest issue : Vol. 33 (spring 2020)

Health and human rights

Boston (USA) : F.X. Bagnoud CHHR
Frequency : 2 x/year
Holdings : 1994-2006
ISSN : 1057-5057
www.hhrjournal.org/index.php
(from 2007 only open access)

Human rights law journal

Kehl am Rhein (Germany) : Engel Verlag
Frequency : 12 x/year
Holdings : 1980-
ISSN : 0174-4704
Latest issue : Vol. 39, no. 1-12 (2019)

Human rights law review

Oxford : Oxford University Press
Frequency : 2 x/year
Holdings : 2000-
ISSN : 1461-7781
www3.oup.co.uk/jnls/list/hrlr/hrlr.html
Latest issue : Vol. 21 no. 3 (2021)

Inter-American and European Human Rights Journal

Mortsel : Intersentia
Frequency : 1 x/year
Holdings : 2008-
ISSN : 2030-7942
www.intersentia.co.uk
Latest issue : Vol. 9, no. 2 (2016)

Human rights quarterly

Baltimore (USA) : Johns Hopkins University Press
Frequency : 4 x/year
Holdings : 1979-
ISSN : 0275-0392
http://muse.jhu.edu
Latest issue : Vol. 43, no. 2 (2021)

International human rights reports

Nottingham (UK) : Human Rights Law Centre
Frequency : 4 x/year
Holdings : 1994-
ISSN : 1351-542X
www.nottingham.ac.uk
Latest issue : Vol. 28, no. 2 (2021)

International journal of human rights

Abingdon (UK) : Taylor & Francis Ltd
Frequency : 4 x/year
Holdings : 1997-
ISSN : 1364-2987
www.tandf.co.uk/journals
Latest issue : Vol. 25, no. 5 (2021)

Mediterranean journal of human rights

Msida (Malta) : Uni. of Malta Fac. of Law
Frequency : 2 x/year
Holdings : 1997-
ISSN : 1027-4375
http://home.um.edu.mt/mjhr
Latest issue : Vol. 16 no. 1/2 (2012)

Menschenrechtsmagazin

Potsdam (Germany): Menschenrechtszentrum der Uni. Potsdam
Frequency : 4 x/year
Holdings : 1996-
ISSN : 1434-2828
www.uni-potsdam.de
Latest issue : Jahrg. 26 H. 1 (2021)

Nederlands tijdschrift voor de mensenrechten

Leiden (Netherlands) : NJCM
Frequency : 6 x/year
Holdings : 1976-
ISSN : 0167-9434
www.njcm.nl/site
Latest issue : Jaarg. 46, no. 2 (2021)

Netherlands quarterly of human rights (SIM)

London : Sage
Frequency : 4 x/year
Holdings : 1982-
ISSN : 0924-0519
https://uk.sagepub.com
Latest issue : Vol. 39 no. 1 (2020)

Nordic journal of human rights

Oslo (Norway): Universitetsforlaget
Frequency : 4 x/year
Holdings : 1986-
ISSN : 1891-8131
www.universitetsforlaget.no
Latest issue : Vol. 38 no. 4 (2020)

Peace human rights governance

Padova : University of Padova Human Rights Centre : Padova University Press
Frequency : 3 x/year
Holdings : 2017-
ISSN : 2532-649X
https://phrg.padovauniversitypress.it
Latest issue : Vol. 5, no. 1 (2021)

Revue trimestrielle des droits de l'homme

Bruxelles : Nemesis
Frequency : 4 x/year
Holdings : 1990-
ISSN : 0777-3579
www.rtdh.eu
Latest issue : Année 32 n° 127 (2021)

Revue universelle des droits de l'homme

Kehl am Rhein (Germany) : Engel Verlag
Frequency : 12 x/year
Holdings : 1989-
ISSN : 0937-714x
Latest issue : Vol. 23 n° 1-12 (2017)

Commentaries and manuals on the Convention

The Library holds commentaries on the Convention published in a number of languages and from various publishing houses.

These works are valuable reference resources, delivering a good overview of the Convention protection mechanism and the Court’s procedure. They also provide insights into the application and interpretation of Convention articles, illustrating these points with reference to key case-law. 

Most recent commentaries

The European Convention on Human Rights /Francis G. Jacobs, Robin C.A. White and Clare Ovey ; [this edition written by] Bernadette Rainey, Pamela McCormick, and Clare Ovey. - 8th ed. - Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2021. - lxxix, 711 p. ; 25 cm. ISBN: 9780198847137 (pbk.)

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Europäische Menschenrechtskonvention : ein Studienbuch / von Christoph Grabenwarter und Katharina Pabel. - 7. Aufl. - München : C.H. Beck ; Basel : Helbing Lichtenhahn ; Wien : Manz, 2021. - xxvii, 724 p. ; 24 cm.

ISBN : 9783406751066

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Handbuch der Europäischen Menschenrechtskonvention (EMRK) : mit besonderer Berücksichtigung der Rechtsprechung des Europaïschen Gerichtshofs für Menschenrechte in Schweizer Fällen / von Mark E. Villiger ; mit einem Vorwort von Ulrich Meyer. – 3. Aufl. - Baden-Baden ; Zürich ; Wien : Nomos : Schulthess Juristische
Medien : Verlag Österreich, 2020. - xxxvi, 634 p. ; 25 cm. – ISBN: 9783848768233 (hbk.) (Nomos)
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All commentaries (alphabetical order by language)  

Official texts

Travaux préparatoires and original text

Travaux préparatoires to the Convention

The 'Travaux préparatoires' contain the various documents that were produced during the drafting of the Convention and its first Protocol. They contain reports of discussions in the Consultative Assembly and its Committee on Legal and Administrative Questions, as well as the Committee of Ministers and certain of its committees of experts.

The official version of the “Travaux préparatoires” are published in 8 volumes from 1975-1985 by Martinus Nijhoff in the Hague. The Registry’s internal working documents provide a full text access.

Official original text

History of origins of the Convention

Official version

Rules of Court

The Rules of Court were adopted on 18 September 1959.

The Rules are in a permanent state of evolution, and since 1959 to present there have been many amendments.

Case-law

Case Law - HUDOC (online)

HUDOC – is the official case law database of the Court. It contains nearly all decisions and judgments of the Court, and the decisions and reports of the Commission.

More information

Case law - Court (paper)

From 1996 to 2018

The official reference source is “Reports of Judgments and Decisions = Recueil des arrêts et decisions”, published until 2012 by Carl Heymanns Verlag to vol. 2007-V. Then from vol. 2008 (2013) to vol. 2015 (2018) published by Wolf Legal Publishers (WLP).

Reports of Judgments and Decisions = Recueil des arrêts et décisions / European Court of Human Rights. - Oisterwijk : Wolf Legal Publishers. - Vol. 2008 - 2015.

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Citation to 2007 : ECHR-2007-V
Citation from 2008 : ECHR-2008

From 1960 to 1996

The judgments were published in 'Série A : Arrêts et décisions = Series A : Judgments and Decisions', volume 1 (1960) to 338 (1996). This series was superseded by ' Reports of Judgments and Decisions = Recueil des arrêts et décisions'.

Série A : Arrêts et décisions = Series A : Judgments and Decisions / Conseil de l'Europe. Greffe de la Cour. - Köln ; Berlin ; Bonn ; München : Carl Heymanns Verlag. - Vol. 1-338

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Citation : Series A no. 139

From 1960 to 1987

There also was another publication, 'Série B : Mémoires, plaidoiries et documents = Series B : Pleadings, Oral Arguments and Documents', volume 1, 1960-1961 (1961) to 104, 1985-1988 (1995) containing the pleadings, oral arguments, etc., in cases brought before the Court.

Série B : Mémoires, plaidoiries et documents = Series B : Pleadings, Oral Arguments and Documents. - Köln ; Berlin ; Bonn ; München : Carl Heymanns Verlag. - Vol. 1-104

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Citation : Series B no. 22, p. 6

Case law - Commission (paper)

From 1960 to 1974

The Commission published its decisions in 46 brochures making up the 'Collection of Decisions of the European Commission on Human Rights = Recueil des décisions de la Commission européenne des Droits de l'Homme'.

Collection of Decisions of the European Commission on Human Rights = Recueil des décisions de la Commission européenne des Droits de l'Homme / Council of Europe. European Commission on Human Rights. - Vol. 1-46

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Citation : Collection 14, p. 29-33

From 1975 to 1998

The decisions and reports of the Commission were published in 'Decisions and Reports = Décisions et rapports', (94 instalments). Five indexes provide various possibilities of access, including by the number of the application.

Decisions and Reports = Décisions et rapports / Council of Europe. European Commission on Human Rights. - Vol. 1-94B

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Citation : DR 56, p. 126

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