Publications

Joint publications by the ECHR and FRA


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Handbook on European law relating to access to justice

This handbook summarises key access to justice principles, drawing on a wide body of European law and jurisprudence.

 English

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Handbook on European non-discrimination law

This handbook is a comprehensive guide to European non-discrimination law. It develops the related European case-law and covers the context and background to discrimination categories and the grounds protected, such as sex, disability, age, race and nationality.

 English (2018)

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Handbook on European law relating to the rights of the child

This handbook is a point of reference on both Council of Europe and European Union law related to the protection and promotion of children’s rights in Europe.

 English (2022)

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Handbook on European data protection law

This handbook aims to raise awareness and improve knowledge of data protection rules, in particular in the framework of the reforms carried out by the EU and the Council of Europe. It also presents hypothetical scenarios that serve as practical illustrations of the diverse issues encountered in this ever-evolving field.

 English (2018)

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Handbook on European law relating to asylum, borders and immigration

This handbook focuses on the legislation and case-law governing the situation of third-country nationals in Europe and covers a broad range of topics, including access to asylum procedures, forced returns, detention, restrictions on freedom of movement, and also questions related to migrants’ private and family life and their economic and social rights.

 English (2020)

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Useful information

Publishers or organisations wishing to reproduce these documents (or a translation thereof) in print or online are asked to contact publishing@echr.coe.int for further instructions.

 Pending translations

Joint publications by the ECHR and other courts of Human Rights


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Joint Law Report by AfCHPR, ECHR and IACHR

This report is the product of the cooperation of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that have built a solid judicial dialogue.

 2020  
 2019

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Dialogue Across the Atlantic: selected case-law of the European and Inter-American Human Rights Courts

This book, published in English and Spanish, presents a selection of the leading decisions delivered by each court in 2014.

 English 
 Spanish

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Publications of the Council of Europe


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Individual application under the Convention

The Russian version of The individual application under the European Convention on Human Rights (2019) is available online.
The English and French versions can be obtained from Council of Europe Publishing.
 English   

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Human Rights files

The Human rights files series is aimed at specialists in European law: lawyers, practitioners and research students. It also constitutes a useful resource for the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights in the signatory states.

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Human Rights handbooks

Written by experts in the field, each handbook deals with one aspect of the European Convention on Human Rights or its protocols. They were written with legal practitioners, and particularly judges, in mind, but are accessible also to other interested readers.

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Domestic remedies

This Guide presents the fundamental legal principles applicable to remedies if they are to be considered effective.

 Committee of Ministers - Guide to good practice in respect of domestic remedies, 2013

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Practical impact of monitoring mechanisms

This document describes how the Council of Europe mechanisms pertaining to human rights and the rule of law have helped to bring about genuine improvements in legislation, practice and the situation of individuals in the member States.

 Practical impact of monitoring mechanisms

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Human Rights and criminal procedure

This handbook is intended to assist judges, lawyers and prosecutors to take account of the many requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights - both explicit and implicit - for the criminal process when interpreting and applying Codes of criminal procedure and comparable or related legislation. 

 English     Bulgarian
 Serbian     Ukrainian

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Human rights and the fight against terrorism

The guidelines affirm states’ obligation to protect everyone against terrorism, and reiterate the need to avoid arbitrariness. They also stress that all measures taken by states to combat terrorism must be lawful,and that torture must be prohibited.

 Human rights and the fight against terrorism
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"Human Rights" teaching resources

These worksheets, which are both theoretical and practical, are a dynamic resource to help teachers foster an awareness of human rights among their pupils.

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Human rights and policing

The handbook is a tool for the police and other state authorities to prevent and fight police misconduct or impunity and uphold human rights.

 English 
 Polish

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Glossary

The Directorate General for Human Rights and Rule of Law has issued a bilingual glossary on terminology relating to the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Supervision of the execution of judgments and decisions of the ECHR

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Publication of the European Audiovisual Observatory

This publication provides insights into the Court’s case-law on freedom of expression and media and journalistic freedoms (Article 10 of the Convention). It summarises over 200 judgments or decisions by the Court.