LAW 218: International Organizations

This guide is for students enrolled in Professor Toman's International Organizations class.

The Council of Europe's Website

The Council of Europe website -- http://www.coe.int/en/ -- is available in five languages. Of the 47 Council of Europe member states, 28 are currently members of the European Union as well.

The three main categories of materials on the CoE website provide information about the Council's three main areas of concentration: Human Rights, Democracy, and Rule of Law.

The Council of Europe Treaty Office provides a full list of the Council's conventions, links to the full text of each, and information about signatures and ratifications.

European Court of Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights is a supranational. regional international human rights court. It was established under the European Convention on Human Rights. The Council of Europe is its parent organization.

HUDOC is the online search engine for ECHR case law.

Case law from the European Court of Human Rights and the European Commission of Human Rights is also reported in the European Human Rights Reports, which are also available on Westlaw. Before 1998, individuals did not have direct access to the European Court of Human Rights. Instead, the European Commission of Human Rights selected which cases were forwarded to the Court.

Information about the Council of Europe

Print material in the Mabie Law Library about the Council of Europe can be found searching OSCAR by subject for Council of Europe or for European Committee For The Prevention Of Torture And Inhuman Or Degrading Treatment Or Punishment. Call number searches include KJC and KJE.

There is also a great deal of periodical literature about the Council. Consider searching the journals and law reviews databases on Lexis, Westlaw, and the Hein Online Law Journal Library or use indices such as the Index to Legal Periodicals and Books or the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals to locate citations to relevant articles.

Heafey Law Library Research Team