Sir Vincent Evans Collection

Scope and Content

The papers are broadly divided into two sections, reflecting Sir Vincent Evans' career as a judge of the European Court of Human Rights: (1) the European Court of Human Rights (2) the Human Rights Committee. In addition the collection includes a book and pamphlet collection built up by Sir Vincent Evans. The collection comprises handwritten notes, background documentation (including applicants' memorials and records of hearings), news cuttings and miscellaneous reports.

The content can be summarised as follows:

  • Boxes 1-26: Case material originating from the European Court of Human Rights
  • Boxes 27-48: Human Rights Committee - Reports under article 40
  • Boxes 49-50: Organisation
  • Boxes 51-54: Summary records

Administrative / Biographical History

This collection gathers together the personal case files of Sir Vincent Evans from his time as a judge of the European Court of Human Rights, 1980-1991, and as a member of the Human Rights Committee set up under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1977 - 1984.

William Vincent John Evans' career can be summarized in brief as follows: Sir Vincent Evans GCMG, KCMG, CMG, MBE was a Barrister-at-law and a Judge of the European Court of Human Rights from 1980 to 1991.

He was born on 20 October 1915, son of Charles Herbert Evans and Elizabeth (ne Jenkins). He was educated at Merchant Taylor' school, Northwood, and Wadham College, Oxford, and graduated First Class Honours in Jurisprudence in 1937, BCL in 1938, and MA 1941. In 1947 he married Joan Mary Symons. In 1939 Evans was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn. Between 1939 and 1946 he served in HM forces. Then, from 1947 to 1975, he served with the Foreign Office in various capacities, interrupted by a three-year stint as Legal Councillor to the UK Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. In 1969 commenced the latter part of his career, throughout which Evans held various important posts in the Council of Europe. Between 1969 and 1971 he was Chairman of the European Committee on Legal Cooperation. He was UK representative on the Council of Europe Steering Committee on Human Rights, between 1976 and 1980 (Chairman, 1979-80). A number of other important appointments followed: Member of the Human Rights Committee set up under International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1977-84 (Vice-Chairman, 1979-80); Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, 1987-91. Sir Vincent Evans also served as Vice-President of the British Institute of Human Rights, 1992, as well as being a longstanding Member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for International Human Rights Law, at the University of Essex (1983-94), and President of the Council of Management, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 1985-93. In 1986 the University of Essex conferred upon him the Honorary Degree of Doctor.


European Court of Human Rights - Cases

  • 1. Bovamar v Belgium Dudgeon v United KingdomPlatform 'Artze fur das Leben' v Austria
  • 2. Autronic v SwitzerlandGroppera Radio and others v Switzerland Hakansson and Sturesson v Sweden Kristensson, Jon v Iceland Mellacher and others v Austria Powell and Rayner v United Kingdom
  • 3. Le Compte, van Leven and De Meyere v Belgium Van Droogenbroek v Belgium Johnston and others v Ireland Van Der Mussele v Belgium Unterpertinger v AustriaOzturk v Federal Republic of Germany
  • 4.Ashingdane v United Kingdom Bentham v Netherlands Campbell and Fell v United Kingdom Capuano, Baggetta and Milasi v ItalyDe Cubber v Belgium
  • 5. Young, James and Webster v United Kingdom
  • 6. B.V. Denmark, Gabriel Ubukram Moudefo CaseBennehab v Netherlands Colak v Federal Republic of GermanyCuilla v Italy Neilson v Denmark Schenk v Switzerland Norris v Ireland
  • 7. Bucholz v Federal Republic of Germany Leander v Sweden Lingens v AustriaLutz, Englert and Nolkenbockhoff v Federal Republic of Germany Van Marle and others v Netherlands
  • 8. A.G.O.S.I. v United Kingdom Baraona v PortugalJacobsen and others v United Kingdom
  • 9. Belilos v SwitzerlandBoyle and Rice v United Kingdom Ekbatini v Sweden Gillow and others v United KingdomWeeks v United Kingdom Schonenberger and Durmaz v Switzerland
  • 10. Lithgow v United Kingdom (see Boxes 11 and 12)
  • 11. Lithgow v United Kingdom (see Boxes 10 and 12)
  • 12. Lithgow v United Kingdom (see Boxes 10 and 11) Sporrong and Lonnroth v SwedenRees v United Kingdom
  • 13. Brogan and others v United Kingdom
  • 14. Abdul Aziz, Cabales and Balkandari v United Kingdom
  • 15. Bohler v AustriaChappell v United Kingdom Erikson v Sweden Granger v United Kingdom Lanborger v Sweden Marktintern v Federal Republic of Germany Tretraktorer v Sweden
  • 16. Brozicek v ItalyHuber v Switzerland (see Box 26) Jacobsen, Mats v Sweden Kosterski v NetherlandsKruslin and Huvig v France Weber v SwitzerlandObermeier v Austria
  • 17. Albert and Le Compte v BelgiumDeumeland v Federal Republic of Germany Feldbrugge v NetherlandsGlasenapp and Kosiek v Federal Republic of Germany De Jong, Baljet and Van Den Brink v NetherlandsVan Der Slvijs, Zuiderveld and Klappe v Netherlands
  • 18. Bozario v FranceE.H.I., Erkner and Poiss v Belgium F. v Switzerland H. v Belgium Muller and others v SwitzerlandOlsson v Sweden
  • 19. Silver and others v United Kingdom
  • 20. Gaskin v United KingdomThynne, Wilson and Gunnell v United Kingdom
  • 21. Bricmont v BelgiumE v Norway
  • 22. Cossey v United Kingdom Malowe v United KingdomX. v United Kingdom
  • 23. Hauschilot v Denmark Kamanzinki v Austria Monnell and Morris v United KingdomNeves and Silva v Portugal
  • 24. McCallern v United Kingdom Motta and others v Italy, Group of 15 Italian CasesPugliese, Caleffi and Vocaturo v Italy
  • 25. Asch v Austria Brigandi, Zanghi and Santilii v Italy Delta v FranceEzelin v France Moustaquim v BelgiumStocke v Federal Republic of Germany
  • 26. Cardot v FranceFredin v Sweden Huber v Switzerland (see Box 16)Wassink v Netherlands Venillo and Siciliano v France Quaranta v SwitzerlandOberschlick v Austria

Human Rights Committee - Reports under article 40 C.C.P.R.

  • 27. Australia Austria BarbadosBulgaria Byelorussia
  • 28. Canada
  • 29. Chile
  • 30. Colombia Costa RicaCyprus
  • 31. Czechoslovakia Denmark Dominican RepublicEcuador EgyptEl Salvador
  • 32. FinlandFrance Federal Republic of Germany GambiaGerman Democratic Republic
  • 33. Guinea GuyanaHungary
  • 34. IcelandIndia
  • 35. Iran
  • 36. Iraq
  • Italy
  • 37. Jamaica Japan Jordan KenyaDemocratic People's Republic of Korea
  • 38. Lebanon Libyan Arab RepublicMadagascar MaliMauriti Mexico
  • 39. MongoliaMorocco NetherlandsNew Zealand
  • 40. Nicaragua Norway
  • 41. PanamaPeru Poland
  • 42. PortugalRomania Rwanda Senegal Spain
  • 43. Sri Lanka Suriname SwedenSyria
  • 44. Tanzania Trinidad and TobagoTunisia Ukraine
  • 45. Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
  • 46. United KingdomUruguay
  • 47. Venezuela Democratic YemenDemocratic YemenYugoslavia
  • 48. General Comments under Article 40Consideration of Reports under Article 40


  • 49. Reservations and DeclarationsAnnual Report/PublicationsAnnual Report/PublicationsCo-Operation with Specialised Agencies
  • 50. Rules of ProcedureMembership of Committee

Summary Records

  • 51. 1st - 5th Sessions, 1977 - 1978
  • 52. 6th - 11th Sessions, 1979 - 1980
  • 53. 12th - 18th Sessions, 1981 - 1983
  • 54. 19th - 23rd Sessions, 1983 - 1984

Access Information

By written application to either the Librarian or Deputy Librarian. A letter of introduction may be required.

Acquisition Information

Sir Vincent Evans


Entry compiled by David Borg-Muscat, UK Data Archive, University of Essex using material from the Albert Sloman Library Special Collections and "Who's Who" (London, 2003).

Record entered by Nadeem Ahmad of Qualidata, UK Data Archive, University of Essex.

Other Finding Aids

Detailed outline lists and a catalogue of items in the collection are available online via the web pages for the Special Collections in the Albert Sloman Library, University of Essex.

Conditions Governing Use

By application to either the Librarian or Deputy Librarian, observing the normal conventions of confidentiality and acknowledgement.

Appraisal Information

In consultation with academic colleagues, the Librarian and Deputy Librarian evaluate collections by assessing their relevance to the teaching and research interests of the University.

Custodial History

The papers were presented to the library in the late 1980s and early 1990s.


This is an on-going collection and it is expected that further accruals will be added in the future.

Additional Information

Only some of the material is original, most documents in this collection are photocopies.