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International Law: Women's Rights

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. 


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. 

Istanbul Convention (Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence)

The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Instanbul Convention) opened for signature in 2011 and entered into force in 2014. The four pillars of this convention include: prevention, protection, prosecution, and coordinated policies. 

The website for the Instanbul Convention provides access to publications, information about monitoring, and news. GREVIO (Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence), which is an independent expert body, monitors the implementation of this convention. 

The HUDOC GREVIO database provides access to country reports, government comments, Committee of the Parties' recommendations, and annual activity reports. 

Other COE Treaties

Other COE treaties beyond the European Convention on Human Rights and the Instanbul Convention can be found here: 

Additional COE Resources