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Human rights information bulletin

The “Bulletin”, under different titles, was published from 1978 to summer 2012, with the aim to summarise events in the field of human rights from the perspective of the Council of Europe. Each issue has sections devoted to different developments in the field of human rights : cases before the organs of the European Convention on Human Rights, social rights, prevention of torture, protection of national minorities, gender equality, media, etc.

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Council of Europe monitoring mechanisms

 "Practical impact of the Council of Europe monitoring mechanisms in improving respect for human rights and the rule of law in member states"
2010 | 2014 (PDF)
"Council of Europe Mechanisms in the fields of Democracy, Rule of Law and Human Rights"
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Annual reports of the monitoring mechanisms

European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT)

European Social Charter (ESC)

Execution of the Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (CM-EXEC)

Group of States against Corruption (GRECO)
Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA)

Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL)

Human rights files
A series of monographs covering specific aspects of human rights

The “Human rights files” series is aimed at specialists in European law: lawyers, practitioners and research students. It also constitutes a useful resource for the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights in the signatory states.
Titles in the series from the on-line catalogue of the European Court of Human Rights (with links to downloadable versions in PDF format where available).

Human rights handbooks
Practical guides to the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights

Written by experts in the field, each handbook deals with one aspect of the European Convention on Human Rights or its protocols.  The handbooks are intended as a very practical guide to how particular articles of the European Convention on Human Rights have been applied and interpreted by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. They were written with legal practitioners, and particularly judges, in mind, but are accessible also to other interested readers.
All handbooks can be downloaded free of charge in PDF format.

Yearbook of the European Convention on Human Rights
Using official Council of Europe sources, the Yearbook is published by Brill Academic Publishers. Each volume presents the developments and significant events concerning the Convention.
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European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)
Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE)
Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE)

Evaluation report of European judicial systems
Thanks to a new evaluation cycle, the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) aims to provide policy makers and justice professionals a practical and detailed tool to better understand the operation of the public service of justice in Europe in order to improve its efficiency and its quality in the interest of 800 million Europeans.
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Handbook for conducting satisfaction surveys aimed at court users in Council of Europe member States
CEPEJ Studies
CCJE Opinions
CCPE Opinions

Pompidou Group - Drug abuse and drug Trafficking

The Pompidou Group's publications can be downloaded on its website or acquired on the Council of Europe online bookshop. Those marked with a star have been published with the Pompidou Group's support and can be acquired as described..

Pompidou Group’s publications

Bulletin on Constitutional Case-law and CD-Rom CODICES

The Bulletin on Constitutional Case Law reports on the most significant decisions of constitutional courts and courts of equivalent jurisdiction in Europe and other continents, as well as those of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Communities. CODICES is also a publication of the Venice Commission: it's the electronic counterpart of the Bulletin. CODICES represents approximately 100 000 pages of printed text.

Venice Commission website

Other publications of the Venice Commission

Science and Technique of Democracy
Annual Reports of Activities: available from 1993 onwards
See more on the Venice Commission website

 Other publications


"Death is not justice"
The Council of Europe
and the death penalty

ECHR and criminal procedure
(English only)

Manual on human rights and the environment