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Judgments and decisions

HUDOC database

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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

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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

The case-law translation programme is designed to improve the accessibility to and understanding of key Convention principles and standards at national level, in order to give full expression to the principle of subsidiarity.

The Court maintains an open invitation to partners to offer, for publication on the Court’s website or in HUDOC, any case-law translations to which they have the rights. By way of example, some sixty translations of case-law guides and handbooks were published in 2020. In addition, some 32,000 translations of judgments and decisions in over 30 languages other than English and French have been made available in HUDOC. A language-specific filter allows for rapid searching of these translations, including in free text.

Case-law translations

Recent ECHR developments in the areas of case-law information, training and general outreach

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