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European Court of Human Rights

  1. 1. European Court of Human Rights
  2. 2. European Court of Human Rights: Reports of Judgments <ul><li>Official Reports </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>After 1 Nov 1998 - Renamed Reports of Judgments and Decisions . Citation looks like: Osman v UK (App no 23452/94) ECHR 1998-VIII 3124 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Available online on Justis / in print at Internat 121 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>European Human Rights Reports (EHRR) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reputable publication as an alternative to the official reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Citation looks like: Young, James and Webster v UK (App no 7601/76) (1982) 4 EHRR 38 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Available online on Westlaw or in print at Internat 150 </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. ECHR: Transcripts <ul><li>Court Transcripts are available on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Court web site (HUDOC) @ http:// </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Worldlii </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Netherlands Institute of Human Rights </li></ul></ul>
  4. 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. 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. 6. Full text of the case <ul><li>Related information including: </li></ul><ul><li>List of reports of the case </li></ul><ul><li>Summary of the issues </li></ul><ul><li>Legislation considered in the judgment </li></ul><ul><li>Earlier cases considered in the judgment </li></ul><ul><li>Later cases which have considered this judgment </li></ul><ul><li>Commentary on the judgment </li></ul>
  7. 7. e.g. searching for ECHR cases on the death penalty
  8. 8. ECHR web site <ul><li>http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>Basic Documents and texts of the court </li></ul><ul><li>Database of transcripts of judgments and commission decisions </li></ul><ul><li>To go direct to the transcripts database </li></ul>
  9. 9. Transcripts database European Convention on Human Rights and additional protocols History, organization, composition, procedures etc
  10. 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. 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