Events at the Court

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Opening of the Judicial Year 2015

The official opening of the Court’s judicial year took place on 30 January 2015. The event comprised a seminar in which 260 leading European judicial figures took part, followed by an official opening ceremony attended by 330 representatives from the judicial world and from the local and national authorities.

Press Release

Solemn hearing

The seminar was followed by the official opening ceremony, in the course of which the President Dean Spielmann and Francisco Pérez de los Cobos, President of the Constitutional Court of Spain, addressed a 330-strong audience representing the judicial world and local and national authorities.

Speech by the President

Speech by Francisco Pérez de los Cobos

Webcast of the solemn hearing: Original version English version

Photo gallery

Seminar

The theme of the seminar was “Subsidiarity: a two-sided coin?”. It was opened by Dean Spielmann, with an introduction by Julia Laffranque, Judge of the European Court of Human Rights elected in respect of Estonia. Sabino Cassese, Judge of the Constitutional Court of Justice of Italy, Angelika Nußberger, Judge of the European Court of Human Rights elected in respect of Germany, Jean-Marc Sauvé, Vice President of the French Conseil d’Etat, and Paul Lemmens, Judge of the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Belgium, addressed the seminar.

Seminar Background Paper

Speech by the President

Speech by Julia Laffranque

Speech by Sabino Cassese

Speech by Angelika Nußberger

Speech by Jean-Marc Sauvé

Speech by Gerhart Holzinger

Webcast of the Seminar: Original version English version

Photo gallery

Dialogue between Judges

Seminar opening of the judicial year 2013
Dialogue between judges

The publications in the Dialogue between judges series are a record of the proceedings of seminars held annually to mark the opening of the judicial year at the Court.

Every year, these meetings provide a forum for discussion between judges from the Court and from various other courts on themes such as "The role of consensus in the system of the European Convention on Human Rights", "50 years of the Court viewed by its fellow international Courts" or "Execution and effects of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: the role of the judiciary".

Previous openings of the judicial year

Other events at the Court

This page contains former events at the Court such as seminars, meetings, conferences and various anniversaries.

Seminars & Conferences