President Dean Spielmann
Dean Spielmann studied at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (United Kingdom). He became a member of the Luxembourg Bar in 1989. As a lawyer he worked in various fields, including administrative law, civil and criminal law and human rights law. He acted as Counsel in a number of cases before the Commission and Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. He was also a member of the Bar Council and the Disciplinary and Administrative Council of the Legal Profession, as well as sitting on various committees of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE).
Dean Spielmann has also been a member of the European Union Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights and the Advisory Commission on Human Rights of Luxembourg.
He has taught at the universities of Louvain Luxembourg and Nancy (France) and is a certified member of the Grand-Ducal Institute.
Dean Spielmann is an Honorary Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, an Honorary Professor of University College London and an Honorary Bencher of Gray’s Inn, London. He is doctor honoris causa of the State University of Yerevan.
Since 2004 Dean Spielmann has been a judge at the European Court of Human Rights, where he was elected Section President in 2010 and Vice-President of the Court in 2012, before being elected President of the Court in September 2012.
Dean Spielmann is the author of numerous publications on criminal law and human rights, amongst other subjects.
Presidency of the Court
The plenary Court elects its President, for a period of three years, provided that such period does not exceed the duration of the President's term of office. The President continues to hold office until the election of his or her successors.
The President of the Court directs the work and administration of the Court. The President represents the Court and, in particular, is responsible for its relations with the authorities of the Council of Europe. The President presides at plenary meetings of the Court, meetings of the Grand Chamber and meetings of the panel of five judges. The President does not take part in the consideration of cases being heard by Chambers except where he or she is the judge elected in respect of a Contracting Party concerned.
Interview given by President Spielmann on the BBC television programme HARDtalk - 14/01/2014
Visit of Pope Francis
Official Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis26/11/2014
Pope Francis paid an official visit to the Council of Europe on 25 November 2014. His Holiness addressed the Organisation in a solemn session bringing together all its institutions. President Spielmann was presented to the Supreme Pontiff....
Visit by the Attorney General of the United Kingdom24/11/2014
On 24 November 2014, Jeremy Wright QC MP, Attorney General of the United Kingdom, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann, and Erik Fribergh, Registrar....
Meeting with NGOs and applicants' representatives24/11/2014
On 21 November 2014, NGOs and applicants' representatives attended a meeting at the Court. President Spielmann gave the opening address. Its purpose was mainly to discuss procedural and technical issues which arise for organisations representing applicants before the Court....
Visit by the "Contrôleure générale des lieux de privation de liberté" of France24/11/2014
On 20 November 2014, Adeline Hazan, "Contrôleure générale des lieux de privation de liberté" (General Inspector of all places of deprivation of liberty) of France, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann. André Potocki, judge elected in respect of France and Michael O’Boyle, Deputy Registrar, also attended the meeting....
On 6 November President Dean Spielmann visited London to give a lecture at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law on The European Court of Human Rights: Master of the Law but not of the Facts?
On 7 November President Dean Spielmann gave a lecture at Gray’s Inn, of which he is an Honorary Bencher. The lecture was entitled The European Court of Human Rights as Guarantor of a Peaceful Public Order in Europe....
ECRI’s 64th plenary meeting, Strasbourg18/06/2014
On 17 June 2014, President Spielmann took part in an exchange of views with the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI). He was welcomed by Christian Ahlund, ECRI’s Chair. President Spielmann was accompanied by Erik Fribergh, Registrar....
Recent Speeches by the President
Speech to Gray’s Inn12/11/2014
Speech to the British Institute of International and Comparative Law12/11/2014