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About the reform

History of the reform


Plenary bodies

Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH)

Committee of Experts on the system of the European Convention on Human Rights (DH-SYSC)

Drafting Groups







Information concerning the implementation of the Convention and execution of the Court's judgments

Re-examination or reopening of cases following judgments of the Court
Verification of the compatibility of legislation with the Convention


High level Conferences

Brussels, 26-27 March 2015


Brighton, 18-20 April 2012

Background documents

Izmir, 26-27 April 2011

Background documents

Interlaken, 18-19 February 2010

Preparatory contributions
Background documents

Committee of Experts on the system of the European Convention on Human Rights (DH-SYSC)

The DH-SYSC (previously DH-GDR) is a plenary inter-governmental committee specialising in work on the reform of the Convention system, under the authority of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH). It supervises the preparatory work undertaken by the various drafting groups. It meets two times a year at the Council of Europe offices in Strasbourg.

In 2016-2017, the Committee is reponsible for: 

(i) Concerning the measures taken by member States to implement the relevant parts of the Brighton Declaration: prepare a draft report for the Committee of Ministers containing (a) an analysis of the responses given by member States in their national reports, and (b) possible recommendations for follow-up (deadline: 30 June 2016);
(ii) Concerning the longer term future of the Convention system and the Court: achieve any results expected on the basis of decisions that may be taken by the Committee of Ministers further to the submission of the CDDH report containing opinions and possible proposals on this issue (deadline: 31 December 2017);
(iii) Concerning the implementation of the Convention and execution of the Court’s judgments: ensure that information is exchanged regularly - in order to assist member States in developing their domestic capacities and facilitate their access to relevant information (see paragraph 29 (a) i) of the Brighton Declaration and paragraph C. 1. g) of the Brussels Declaration);


(iv) Concerning Recommendation CM/Rec(2008)2 on efficient domestic capacity for rapid execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: take stock of its implementation, and make an inventory of good practices relating to it and, if appropriate, provide for updating the recommendation in the light of practices developed by the States Parties (deadline: 30 June 2017);
(v) Submit, if appropriate, proposals to the Committee of Ministers regarding the following recommendations (deadline: 31 December 2017):

  • Recommendation Rec(2004)4 on the Convention in university education and professional training, along with the development of guidelines on good practice in respect of human rights training for legal professionals;
  • Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)3 on effective remedies for excessive length of proceedings and its accompanying Guide to Good Practice.
In 2014-15, the Committee prepared a draft CDDH report containing opinions and possible proposals concerning the long-term future of the Convention system (GT-GDR-F).
In 2012-2013, the Committee worked on the following matters (relevant drafting group in brackets – for further details, see the drafting group’s page):
  • An analysis of Member States’ reports on measures taken to implement relevant parts of the Interlaken and Izmir Declarations (GT-GDR-A)
  • An evaluation of the effects of Protocol no. 14 and the implementation of the Interlaken and Izmir Declarations on the Court’s situation (GT-GDR-A)
  • Draft Protocol no. 15 to the Convention, amending various points concerning the Preamble, the admissibility criteria applicable to individual applications, the procedure for relinquishment of a case from a Chamber to the Grand Chamber of the Court, and the age-limit for judges (GT-GDR-B)
  • Draft Protocol no. 16 to the Convention, optionally introducing a procedure allowing certain domestic courts to seek advisory opinions from the Court (GT-GDR-B)
  • Interim measures under Rule 39 of the Rules of Court (GT-GDR-C)
  • A possible ‘representative application procedure’ before the Court (GT-GDR-C)
  • A Guide to Good Practice in respect of domestic remedies (GT-GDR-D)
  • A toolkit to inform public officials about the State’s Convention obligations (GT-GDR-D)
  • How to resolve applications arising from systemic issues (GT-GDR-D)
  • Whether to enable the appointment of additional judges to the Court (GT-GDR-E)
  • A review of the functioning of the Advisory Panel of Experts on Candidates for Election as Judge to the European Court of Human Rights (GT-GDR-E)
  • Whether more effective measures are needed in respect of States that fail to implement Court judgments in a timely manner (GT-GDR-E)

 Further information
Terms of Reference of DH-SYSC
Meeting reports of DH-SYSC
Meeting reports of DH-GDR
Documents of DH-GDR