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European Agreement relating to persons participating in proceedings of the European Court of Human Rights

(ETS No. 161)

Open for signature by the member States of the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, on 5 March 1996.

Entry into force: 1 January 1999.

Summary of the treaty

The Agreement requires Parties to ensure that persons participating in proceedings instituted under the European Convention on Human Rights (ETS No. 5) as amended by Protocol No. 11 (ETS No. 155) (agents, advisors, advocates, applicants, delegates, witnesses, and experts) enjoy immunity from legal process in respect of their acts before the single permanent Court, as well as freedom to correspond with the Court and freedom to travel for the purpose of attending the proceedings.