THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS KEY DATES THE GUARANTEES The European Court of Human Rights is an AND PROHIBITIONS 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. In almost fifty years the Court has delivered more than 10,000 judgments. These 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 powerful living instrument for meeting new challenges and consolidating the rule of law and democracy in Europe. The Court is based in Strasbourg, in the Human Rights Building designed by the British architect Lord Richard Rogers in 1994 – a building whose image is known worldwide. From here, the Court monitors respect for the human rights of 800 million Europeans in the 47 Council of Europe member States that have ratified the Convention.
From 1 to 5 September 2014, a group of 15 employees of the national Ombudsman Office visited the European Court of Human Rights.Тhe study visit to Strasbourg took place with the support of the Council of Europe within the project: "Support for the coherent implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights in the Republic of Moldova".
The concerned action was organized for better information of the Ombudsman Office employees about the operating procedures of the European Court of Human Rights, the experience of its activity, the High European Court cooperation with the institutions, authorities and organizations in the field of competence.
During the visit were held meetings with representatives of various divisions of the International Court from Strasbourg where were presented details on the way and operational experience of the ECHR.
The employees of the People’s Advocate Office had the possibility to assist to the plenar session of ECHR Grand Chamber
The information presented during the visit and discussions held will contribute to a better understanding of the processes of activity of the ECHR, the operation and control of monitoring mechanisms and human rights observance by Member States of the Council of Europe.