Literature on the Council of Europe

Literature on the Council of Europe in German can be found at Literatur über den Europarat

Stefanie Schmahl & Marten Breuer (editors): The Council of Europe: Its Laws and Policies. Oxford University Press; Oxford 2017.

Edited by two professors of law, this book offers comprehensive information on the functioning of the Council of Europe: its primary and secondary law, its institutional structure and its wide field of activities.

Some of the chapters are written by practitioners working within the Council of Europe adding an inside view to the academic discussion.
Aline Royer: The Council of Europe

This brief introduction to the Council of Europe and some of its bodies, instruments and activities, is published by the Council of Europe and available in several languages.








Gauthier de Beco (editor): Human Rights Monitoring Mechanisms of the Council of Europe. Routledge; Abingdon and New York 2012.

The Council of Europe has developed various monitoring mechanisms over the years. In this book, a number of specialists describe and asses the following non-judicial and non-political human rights monitoring mechanisms:

  • The Commissioner for Human Rights
  • The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT)
  • The European Committee of Social Rights
  • The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
  • The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)
  • The Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages


Lanna Hollo: The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) – Its first 15 years. Council of Europe Publishing; Strassburg 2009.

The author has worked as a legal and policy researcher at ECRI for a number of years.

In her book, she provides the reader with information on ECRI’s foundation and early years; its three-pronged work programme; its contribution to legal standards as well as its opinion on some of the most important contemporary topics.