Charterpedia

Charterpedia is an online tool which provides easy-to-access information on the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The Charter is the European Union’s ‘bill of rights’. It enshrines in 54 Articles a wide array of fundamental rights enjoyed by EU citizens and residents. It applies to the EU and to the Member States when they act within the scope of EU law.

Charterpedia is an information hub providing relevant article-by-article information across various categories:

  • Under “related case law” it provides information on case law by national courts, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights referring to the respective Charter article. Full-text search or searches by country or deciding body of the case law is possible in the Case-law Database.
  • Under “related law references” the user will find examples of references to the respective Charter provision in “EU secondary law” and examples of related provisions in “international law“. The category of law references also provides references to “national constitutional law” that in one way or the other correspond to the respective Charter provision.
  • Under “explanations” and “FRA publications” the user can access the official Explanations relating to the Charter for the respective Charter provision as well as FRA publications that are of special relevance for the latter, displayed for each Charter article.

Moreover, Charterpedia is being updated to provide a collection of examples how the Charter has been used in parliamentary debates at national level. Examples of how the Charter has been used in the legislative process will also be added later.

Finally, Charterpedia offers examples of academic literature focusing in the Charter, with the emphasis on publications in lesser-used languages. Note that the information in Charterpedia is provided and translated by the Agency’s research network FRANET. Only the original documents (to which links are provided where available) are authentic.