The Council of Europe has published the second edition of 'Bringing a case to the European Court of Human Rights - A practical guide on admissibility criteria'
both in English and in French
. It is, as far as I can see, the paper version of the guide the Court already made available online earlier
. This is the abstract:
The European Court of Human Rights is currently overloaded with cases
(there were almost 150,000 pending applications at the end of March
2012). Some 90% of all applications are eventually declared
inadmissible. Such cases clog up the Court’s docket and obstruct its
examination of more deserving cases where the admissibility requirements
have been satisfied and which may concern serious allegations of human
The 2010 Interlaken Conference on the reform of the Court called upon
the “States Parties and the Court to ensure that comprehensive and
objective information is provided to potential applicants on the
Convention and the Court’s case-law, in particular on the application
procedures and admissibility criteria”.
The Court’s first response to this call was to prepare this practical
guide on admissibility criteria. The guide seeks to reduce the number of
obviously inadmissible cases by enabling legal practitioners to
properly advise their clients on their chances of bringing an admissible
This second edition covers case-law up to the end of March 2011.