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Human Rights Building

The Court is based in Strasbourg, in the Human Rights Building.

Designed by the British architect Lord Richard Rogers (2007 Pritzker Prize Laureate), this highly symbolic and emblematic building is part of the French cultural heritage and was awarded the “Architecture contemporaine remarquable” label in 2015.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Human Rights Building, the Court staged an exhibition in September 2015, inaugurated by President Spielmann in the presence, among others, of Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and Ivan Harbour, who worked on the Building’s design and is now a partner in the architectural firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

Rogers Stirk & Harbour Partnership

More info Virtual visit  The Human Rights Building, seat of the ECHR

Film - 20th Anniversary - HR Building

Speech by President Dean Spielmann

Speech - Deputy Secretary General - CoE

Exhibition - HR Building - Visit of Ivan Harbour

Ivan Harbour's lecture (in French only) - Zénith

Message from Richard Rogers

The different architectural designs

Amendments to the winning project

Construction of the Human Rights Building

Around the Human Rights Building

The Human Rights Building today

What they said about it


The Court is identifiable across the world by the symbol of the building in which it is housed: the Human Rights Building.

46 judges and about 650 Registry staff work there to ensure respect for the human rights of 700 million Europeans in the 46 member States of the Council of Europe that have ratified the Convention.