All of these drafts will now be discussed by the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) at the end of November. The documents relating to the Committee's work can be perused here (and here in French). This website also includes reports of the meetings which give some insights into which points were discussed in the negotiations. An example is that the Commissioner for Human Rights will be given the right to participate in advisory opinion proceedings (in the new Protocol 16). It also set up a drafting group "C" (on the practice of interim measures and on the possibility of creating a "representative application procedure"- an additional way of dealing with large numbers of situations relating to the same human rights issue in a certain country, akin to class actions and collective complaints) and designated an expert consultant, Mr Martin Eaton, to prepare a draft toolkit to inform national public officials about state obligations under the ECHR.
The texts discussed at the meeting were:
- Draft CDDH report on measures taken by the member States to implement relevant parts of the Interlaken and Izmir Declarations
- Draft CDDH report containing elements to contribute to the evaluation of the effects of Protocol No. 14 to the Convention and the implementation of the Interlaken and Izmir Declarations on the Court’s situation
- Draft Protocol No. 15 to the Convention
- Draft explanatory report to Protocol No. 15
- Draft Protocol No. 16 to the Convention
- Draft Explanatory report to Protocol No. 16