Representation at the ECHR

The vast majority of applications submitted to the Court are categorized as inadmissible. In essence, this means that the Court dismisses these applications without delving into the substance of the case because they fail to meet the necessary admissibility criteria. Decisions declaring applications as inadmissible are definitive and cannot be appealed.

To prevent your application from being rejected by the Court, it is vital to ensure that it fulfills all the admissibility requirements. Prior to submitting your application, we strongly recommend referring to the Court’s website, especially the Admissibility Guide. Additionally, complete the provided checklist to verify that your application stands a chance of progressing beyond the admissibility phase.

Why do you need a lawyer at the ECtHR?

1. Complex Process: Handling a case at the ECtHR involves intricate procedures and a deep understanding of international law. A specialized lawyer comprehends the nuances and possesses valuable experience with the court’s workings.

2. Safeguarding Your Interests: Your lawyer serves as your advocate at the ECtHR, ensuring the protection of your rights and interests. They formulate a strategic approach, gather evidence, prepare essential documents, and provide legal representation throughout the entire court process.

3. Overcoming Language Barriers: Given the ECtHR’s language specifics, with English and French being predominant, a lawyer facilitates effective communication with the court and other involved parties, guaranteeing quality representation.

4. Risk Mitigation: An attorney helps prevent potential errors that could jeopardize your case. Their profound knowledge of ECtHR procedures enables effective management of all legal aspects, steering your case towards the most favorable outcome.

5. Access to Resources: Lawyers specializing in ECtHR cases have access to vital legal resources, including precedent-setting court decisions and international conventions, streamlining their work and enhancing efficiency.

Opting for the European Court of Human Rights without a qualified lawyer’s guidance may lead to severe consequences. Given the unique demands of the ECtHR process, inadequate actions or insufficient experience can result in case losses or ineffective protection of your rights.

Iryna Berenstein
Associated Partner
Mrs. Berenstein is a distinguished and outstanding lawyer with profound experience and exceptional legal knowledge in the field of International Private Law, Financial Law, Corporate Law, investment regulation, Compliance, Data Protection, and Reputation Management.

Representation at the ECHR FAQ

How do I appeal to the ECHR?
Download and complete the application form available on the Court's website. Ensure that every section of the form is filled out and send it to the Court along with copies, not originals, of all relevant documents. The originals will not be returned to you.
What are the roles of the European Court of Human Rights?
The Court's main function is to ensure that parties adhere to their commitments under the Convention and its Protocols. It consists of 46 judges elected by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
How powerful is the European Court of Human Rights?
Since 1998, it operates as a full-time court, and individuals can directly apply to it. In nearly fifty years, the Court has issued over 10,000 binding judgments, prompting governments to amend laws and administrative practices in various areas.