The European Convention on Human Rights, an international treaty drawn up within the Council of Europe, was opened for signature in Rome in 1950. On 1 June 2010 it was amended by Protocol No. 14, whose aim is to guarantee the long-term efficiency of the Court by optimizing the filtering and processing of applications.Protocol No. 16 to the Convention allows the highest courts and tribunals of a State Party to request the Court to give advisory opinions on questions of principle relating to the interpretation or application of the rights and freedoms defined in the Convention. Protocol No. 16 came into force on 1 August 2018 in respect of the States which have signed and ratified it.

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