Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Court's Guide to Case-Law per Article


This week, the European Court of Human Rights started to publish a new series of studies on its jurisprudence relating to specific Articles of the ECHR, the so-called Guide to Case-law. Another addition to its range of informative tools about the Convention - next to the information notes, fact sheets, the admissibility guide and the research reports.

The first guide, on the right to liberty in Article 5 ECHR has been put online. With a length of almost 40 pages, this is a very detailed overview - handily put in systematic sections focusing on the different parts and terms of Article 5. Direct hyperlinks to the relevant case-law are provided throughout the text. The Court has announced that similar guides on other Convention articles will follow soon. The more this collection will continue to grow, the more competition it will be for traditional ECHR handbooks, since this series is very up-to-date and comes from within the Court itself.


1 comment:

Holger said...

I agree that the guides to case law will be strong competition for case books. A chance for ‘classic’ books might be to provide more analysis as opposed to merely summarizing judgments or repeating what the Court has said on a given topic. The fact that the guides come directly from the Court may be an advantage and a disadvantage at the same time. It increases the authority of the publication, but at the same time it makes it hard to include criticism or any kind of prognosis where the jurisdiction of the Court might be going on a certain issue.