My-Rights aims to help people located within the Council of Europe's jurisdiction understand what rights of the European Convention of Human Rights are relevant to them.

My-Rights provides the following three pathways to assist people to understand their rights:

  • For people who do not know what their rights are, they can answer the questionnaire based on their personal circumstance and will be shown which rights are relevant to them;
  • For researchers, lawyers or social workers, who know what rights are relevant and want to conduct macro or micro analysis on judgments; and
  • For anyone trying to find relevant judgments quickly can do so through the use of a sophisticated text search function

Currently, the only cases in the My-Rights database are all English judgments that are accessible in HTML format from the HUDOC database.

The following information is reproduced exactly from the European Court of Human Rights' website or from material within this website.

What are human rights

"States that have ratified the Convention, also known as “States Parties”, have undertaken to secure and guarantee to everyone within their jurisdiction, not only their nationals, the fundamental civil and political rights defined in the [The European Convention on Human Rights]."

Please click the following link to see the entire European Convention on Human Rights

What is the European Convention on Human Rights

"The European Convention on Human Rights is an international treaty under which the member States of the Council of Europe promise to secure fundamental civil and political rights, not only to their own citizens but also to everyone within their jurisdiction. The Convention, which was signed on 4 November 1950 in Rome, entered into force in 1953."

Who owes me human rights:

"Cases can only be brought against one or more States that have ratified the Convention. Any applications against third States or individuals, for example, will be declared inadmissible."

What should I do if someone breaches my human rights:

"You may lodge an application with the Court if you consider that you have personally and directly been the victim of a violation of the rights and guarantees set out in the Convention or its Protocols. The alleged violation must have been committed by one of the States bound by the Convention."

Who can bring a case for a breach of human rights:

"The Convention makes a distinction between two types of application: individual applications lodged by any person, group of individuals, company, or NGO having a complaint about a violation of their rights, and inter-State applications brought by one State against another. Since the Court was established, almost all applications have been lodged by individuals who have brought their cases directly to the Court alleging one or more violations of the Convention."

What is the European Court of Human Rights:

"The European Court of Human Rights is an international court set up in 1959. It rules on individual or State applications alleging violations of the civil and political rights set out in the European Convention on Human Rights.
Since 1998 it has sat as a full-time court and individuals can apply to it directly.
The Court examined hundreds of thousands applications since it was set up. Its judgments are binding on the countries concerned and have led governments to alter their legislation and administrative practice in a wide range of areas. The Court’s case-law makes the Convention a modern and powerful living instrument for meeting new challenges and consolidating the rule of law and democracy in Europe."

Where can I find cases:

"The HUDOC database provides access to the case-law of the Court (Grand Chamber, Chamber and Committee judgments and decisions*, communicated cases, advisory opinions and legal summaries from the Case-Law Information Note), the European Commission of Human Rights (decisions and reports) and the Committee of Ministers (resolutions)."

The Questionnaire works by linking multiple human rights articles to various factual situations.
By answering yes or no to specific factual questions, it becomes possible to identify which rights may or may not be relevant to you.
It is important to note, that not all of the articles within the European Convention on Human Rights are relevant to a person. These articles are therefore not shown. For example, there are many articles that deal with the functioning of the European Court of Human Rights such as the multiple articles relating to 'Signature and ratification' of the convention.
Please click the following link to see the European Convention on Human Rights
If you would like to see how questions are mapped to the relevant rights, please contact [email protected]

  • The Data Visualisation tab reproduces information from the Case Detail section of each case within the HUDOC database.
  • To update the results, you must click submit.
  • If the results do not update, it is because the selection you have chosen means that there are no further cases are mapped to that specific selection
  • If you would like to see how questions are mapped to the rights, please contact [email protected]

My-Rights aims to conform with all major common web accessibility principles, including;

  • Currently, all the text in the website is written in simple and easily understood language;
  • The color scheme is designed to be easily recognised for people with visual impairment; and
  • The website is screen reader friendly.

If you have any accessibility issues with this website or have recommendations please contact us at [email protected]

  • Viraaj Akuthota, founder of Tech Solutions for Human Rights, is the primary developer, designer and creator of My-Rights. His background includes working; within and on international humanitarian conflicts, in development situations and as a domestic lawyer. The domestic legal experience includes working as a solicitor in; public interest class actions against the State, migration work, and as a community lawyer on behalf of First Nations, Aboriginal or discriminated populations.
  • Ilka Barstch has a background in international relations and public policy and lived in worked across Europe. She has work experience in German government and civil society organisations and currently works in a Federal Ministry.
  • Julian Kath was the assistant developer on the My-Rights project, however, he was the primary developer of an early project that applied graphic visualisations to European Court of Human Rights' judgments. His specialisation includes working on digitalisation projects in the public sector and international development work. Overall, he enjoys applying problem-solving and data science skills to tackle meaningful policy challenges.
  • Max Eckert is a data enthusiast and policy work who is passionate about evidence for the public sector and social good.

The following definitions are reproduced exactly from the European Court of Human Rights' website:

  • The classification of case importance: "Cases are divided into four categories, the highest level of importance being "Key Cases", followed by levels 1,2 and 3. The classification by levels 1,2, and 3 remains provisional until the Bureau has decided whether a case should appear in the Court's official (Key Cases) selection. The list of key cases selected by the Bureau is published on the Court's website under "Case-Law". For example, a case that was tentatively classified as Level 1 but ultimately selected will change to category Key cases."
  • The difference between the Sections of the European Court of Human Rights: "A Section is an administrative entity and a Chamber is a judicial formation of the Court within a given Section. The Court has five Sections in which Chambers are formed. Each Section has a President, a Vice-President and a number of other judges."
  • The difference between the Courts and the Chamber: "A Chamber is composed of the President of the Section to which the case was assigned, the “national judge” (the judge elected in respect of the State against which the application was lodged) and five other judges designated by the Section President in rotation. The Grand Chamber is made up of the Court’s President and Vice-Presidents, the Section Presidents and the national judge, together with other judges selected by drawing of lots. When it hears a case on referral, it does not include any judges who previously sat in the Chamber which first examined the case."
  • The difference between a Decision and a Judgment: "A decision is usually given by a single judge, a Committee or a Chamber of the Court. It concerns only admissibility and not the merits of the case. Normally, a Chamber examines the admissibility and merits of an application at the same time; it will then deliver a judgment."

The information provided on this website is for general information purposes only and is not intended to constitute legal advice.

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