Update: 04.07.2019

Protocol No. 16 to the ECHR

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Protocol No. 16 dates from 2 October 2013 and provides that the constitutional courts or national courts of final instance can turn to the European Court of Human Rights in a pending case for an advisory opinion with regard to questions on interpretation. This is an additional protocol that does not change the text of the ECHR but amends it. It only applies to the member states that have ratified it. So far, 13 member states have signed, 9 have ratified (as at 4 July 2019; current count)

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