The European Court of Human Rights is an international court based in Strasbourg and part of the Council of Europe. It rules on individual or inter-State applications alleging violations of the rights and freedoms set out in the European Convention on Human Rights by any of the Council's 47 member States. The Court's case-law makes the Convention a powerful living instrument for consolidating the rule of law and democracy in Europe. The Reports of Judgments and Decisions is the official series of leading cases selected by the most senior judges at the Court because of their high jurisprudential interest. Each judgment and decision is published in English and French and is preceded by a summary – including case description, keywords and key notions – for ease of reference. The Reports are primarily designed for legal professionals, libraries and academics and complement the case-law information available on the Court's website (www.echr.coe.int).