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  • 1. European Court of Human Rights
  • 2. European Court of Human Rights: Reports of Judgments
    • Official Reports
      • Before 1 Nov 1998 known as Series A and numbered consecutively. Citation looks like: Plattform ‘Ärtze für das Leben’ v Austria (App no 10126/82) (1988) Series A no 139
      • After 1 Nov 1998 - Renamed Reports of Judgments and Decisions . Citation looks like: Osman v UK (App no 23452/94) ECHR 1998-VIII 3124
      • Available online on Justis / in print at Internat 121
    • European Human Rights Reports (EHRR)
      • Reputable publication as an alternative to the official reports
      • Citation looks like: Young, James and Webster v UK (App no 7601/76) (1982) 4 EHRR 38
      • Available online on Westlaw or in print at Internat 150
  • 3. ECHR: Transcripts
    • Court Transcripts are available on
      • Court web site (HUDOC) @ http://
      • Worldlii
      • Netherlands Institute of Human Rights
  • 4. Choose “Advanced Search” for more options Westlaw “UK Cases” includes European Court of Human Rights Reports (all ECHR judgments and selected commission decisions)
  • 5. Searches full text of all judgments (use for subject searching) Searches party names Searches for cases by legislation considered. E.g. European Convention on Human Rights article 3.
  • 6. Full text of the case
    • Related information including:
    • List of reports of the case
    • Summary of the issues
    • Legislation considered in the judgment
    • Earlier cases considered in the judgment
    • Later cases which have considered this judgment
    • Commentary on the judgment
  • 7. e.g. searching for ECHR cases on the death penalty
  • 8. ECHR web site
    • http:// /
    • Basic Documents and texts of the court
    • Database of transcripts of judgments and commission decisions
    • To go direct to the transcripts database
  • 9. Transcripts database European Convention on Human Rights and additional protocols History, organization, composition, procedures etc
  • 10. To search decisions of the European Commission (ceased 1999) open up decisions box. Note not all commission decisions are available. Use … to browse a thesaurus of terms Make sure the “from” field is not filled in when you open up the database HUDOC - Transcripts Some judgments are only available on one language
  • 11. Full text Analytical information including dates, party names, who the case was referred by, Strasbourg case law cited, keywords, durable URL Keywords in context – finds your keywords and displays surrounding text Links to related information