The Human Rights Ombudsman of the Republic of Slovenia notes that, as of 1 February 2022, the deadline for filing an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was reduced from six to four months. This follows from paragraphs four and three of Article 8 of Protocol No. 15 amending the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights (ECHR).
The new four-month deadline applies to all matters in which the final decision was issued in the national system on 1 February or later.
This change is very important for persons wishing to exercise redress in the event of any violation of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights (ECHR) before the ECHR, as late appeals are rejected by the ECHR.
Protocol No. 15, which entered into force on 1 August 2021, introduced explicit reference to the subsidiarity principle of ECHR assessment and to the margin of appreciation doctrine in countries that have the principal responsibility for ensuring respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms set forth in the Convention.
The unofficial consolidated version of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights (ECHR), which also takes into account the changes set out in Protocol No. 15, is available at: https://www.echr.coe.int/documents/convention_slv.pdf