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About the reform

History of the reform


Plenary bodies

Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH)

Committee of Experts on the Reform of the Court (DH-GDR)

Drafting Groups on the Reform of the Court







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


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 Reform of the Court (DH-GDR)

The 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 three times a year at the Council of Europe offices in Strasbourg. In 2012-2013, the DH-GDR 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)

In 2014-15, the DH-GDR is preparing a draft CDDH report containing opinions and possible proposals concerning the future of the Convention system (GT-GDR-F).
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