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International Law: Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities

European Convention on Human Rights

The Council of Europe (not to be confused with the European Union) is an international organisation on the continent of Europe with the stated aim of protecting human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. The European Convention on Human Rights, which protects human rights and political freedoms in Europe, entered into force on 3 September 1953. 

Commentary on the European Convention on Human Rights

Scholarly commentaries provide article-by-article analysis of a convention, including citations to relevant cases, travaux préparatoires (preparatory works), and other documents. 

Other COE Treaties

Other Council of Europe treaties beyond the European Convention on Human Rights can be found here: 


Use the following resources to find judgments from the European Court of Human Rights. HUDOC is the official case law database, but the ECtHR website provides access to case law guides and research reports to help identify relevant and key cases. 

Additional COE Resources