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Protocol No. 16 allows the highest courts and tribunals of a High Contracting Party, as specified by the latter, to request the European Court of Human Rights to give advisory opinions on questions of principle relating to the interpretation or application of the rights and freedoms defined in the Convention or the protocols thereto.
Protocol No. 16 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms has been adopted by the Committee of Ministers at its 1176th meeting, on 10 July 2013, and opened for signature in Strasbourg on 2 October 2013.
To maintain the effectiveness of the European Court of Human Rights, this Protocol makes the following changes to the Convention (ETS no. 005):
â€“ Adding a reference to the principle of subsidiarity and the
doctrine of the margin of appreciation to the Preamble of the
Protocol No. 15 amending the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms has been adopted by the Committee of Ministers at its 123rd Session, on 16 May 2013, and opened for signature in Strasbourg on 24 June 2013.