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







High level Conferences

Brighton, 18-20/04/2012

Background documents

Izmir, 26-27/04/2011

Background documents

Interlaken, 18-19/02/2010

Preparatory contributions
Background documents

Drafting Group F on the Reform of the Court (GT-GDR-F)

Terms of reference:
The GT-GDR-F is required to prepare a report containing opinions and possible proposals concerning the longer-term future of the Convention system (see paragraphs 35.c)-f) of the Brighton Declaration).

After its examination by the Committee of experts on the reform of the Court (DH-GDR), the draft report will then be examined and adopted by the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) for transmission to the Committee of Ministers.

Deadline: 31 December 2015 

Working documents of Drafting Group F


  The following external experts have
   been nominated to participate in the
   work of the GT-GDR-F:

  • Sir Nicolas Bratza, former President of the Court, nominated by the Court;
  • Prof. Giorgio Malinverni, Honorary Professor, University of Geneva, former Judge of the Court, nominated by the Venice Commission;
  • Mr Alain Lacabarats, Chamber President, Court of Cassation of France, nominated by the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE);
  • Prof. Tatiana Neshataeva, Vice-President of the Court of the Eurasian Economic Community, Professor, Russian Academy of Justice, nominated by the Secretary General;
  • Mr Alvaro Gil-Robles, former Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, nominated by the Secretary General;
  • Prof. Christophe Grabenwarter, Judge, Constitutional Court of Austria, Professor, University of Vienna, member of the Venice Commission, nominated by the Secretary General ;
  • M. Bahadir Kilinç, Judge, Constitutional Court of Turkey, nominated by the Secretary General.
Next meeting: 5th meeting, 18-20 February 2015
Draft annotated agenda

4th meeting, 10-12 December 2014
Draft annotated agenda
Meeting report
3rd meeting,24-26 September 2014
Draft annotated agenda
Meeting Report
2nd meeting, 14-16 May 2014
Draft annotated agenda
Meeting report
GT-GDR-F(2014) misc 1 – Possibilities for preserving (and reinforcing) the current system – Provisional list of issues identified by the GT-GDR-F at its 2nd meeting
GT-GDR-F(2014) misc 2 – Questions variously to Mr Erik Fribergh, Registrar of the Court, and Mr Christos Giakoumopoulos, Director, Human Rights
1st meeting, 19-21 March 2014
Draft annotated agenda
Meeting Report
Open call for contributions
Further information
Conference on the long-term future of the European Court of Human Rights, Oslo, 7-8 April 2014

The Oslo Conference 7 and 8 April 2014, arranged by the MultiRights project and the PluriCourts centre of excellence at Oslo University, under the auspices of the Council of Europe, intends to inspire and facilitate this task, through a dialogue between scholars, judges and governmental experts.

Closing remarks by Philippe Boillat, Director General, Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law, Council of Europe
More information:
Podcast: Opening Ceremony and session I
Podcast: Session II
Podcast: Session III