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Introduction to Foreign and International Legal Research

European Court of Human Rights

Recent European Court of Human Rights (EHCR) cases are found in HUDOC, the European Court of Human Rights's free online database. HUDOC contains the official version of all judgments, advisory opinions, and decisions since 2016, along with many other EHCR materials such as communicated cases, advisory opinions, and legal summaries, and the Committee of Ministers resolutions.

EHCR cases published prior to 2016 in the European Court of Human Rights, Reports of Judgments and Decisions (Eur. Ct. H. R.) are available in:

EHCR decisions were also published in the Yearbook of the European Convention on Human Rights (Y.B. Eur. Conv. on H.R.), available in the Mabie Law Library stacks at KJC 5132 A13 Y43 (1955-2007).

Cases heard in the now-defunct European Commission on Human Rights (through 1999) may be found in the European Human Rights Reports (Eur. H.R. Rep.), available in Westlaw and in the Mabie Law Library stacks at KJC 5132 A47 E87 (1979/80-1987).

Additional sources for ECHR cases include Lexis and

Inter-American Court of Human Rights

International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of International Justice

1. International Court of Justice (1946-):

Cases are published in the Reports of Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders (I.C.J.) (also called the ICJ Reports). This reporter is available in:

Separately published pleadings are published in Pleadings, Oral Arguments, Documents (I.C.J. Pleadings), selected volumes available in print in the Mabie Law Library stacks, KZ218. I57.

Other sources for I.C.J. materials include:


2. Permanent Court of International Justice (1922-1946):

Decisions and other documents from the Permanent Court, which preceded the International Court of Justice, were published in seven series A-F (including series A/B). Sources that contain these series include:

Other Sources for International Cases