Committee of Ministers adopts Protocol No. 16 to the ECHR

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Committee of Ministers has adopted Protocol No. 16 to the European Convention on Human Rights. The protocol provides for States’ highest courts to obtain opinions on questions of principle regarding the interpretation and/or application of rights and freedom defined in the Convention and its protocols. The goal of the new protocol is to resolve these questions before they reach Strasbourg, saving Court resources and enabling speedier resolution of cases at the national level. The protocol will enter into force once 10 parties to the Convention have ratified it.

Read the full text of the adopted opinion and the protocol on the CoE website.

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