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President Dean Spielmann

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.

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Main publications

Photo gallery of President Dean Spielmann

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 - Role of the ECHR

In connection with the Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, a video about the Marckx v. Belgium case has been produced, featuring an interview with the President of the Court, Dean Spielmann, and the former Vice-President and judge elected in respect of Belgium, Françoise Tulkens.

Video

Interview on BBC

Interview given by President Spielmann on the BBC television programme HARDtalk - 14/01/2014

Video of the interview

Visit by the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Belgium

Official Visits

  • Visit by the President of the Supreme Court of Albania

    30/01/2015 
    Visit by the President of the Supreme Court of Albania

    On 30 January 2015, Xhezair Zaganjori, President of the Supreme Court of Albania, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann. Ledi Bianku, the judge elected in respect of Albania, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the High Court of Cassation and Justice of Romania

    30/01/2015 
    Visit by the High Court of Cassation and Justice of Romania

    On 30 January 2015, Livia Doina Stanciu, President of the High Court of Cassation and Justice of Romania, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann. Iulia Antoanella Motoc, judge elected in respect of Romania, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the President of the Constitutional Court of Georgia

    30/01/2015 
    Visit by the President of the Constitutional Court of Georgia

    On 29 January 2015, George Papuashvili, President of the Constitutional Court of Georgia, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann. Nona Tsotsoria, the judge elected in respect of Georgia, and Françoise Elens-Passos, Section Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Prosecutor General of Montenegro

    30/01/2015 
    Visit by the Prosecutor General of Montenegro

    On 29 January 2015, Ivica Stanković, Prosecutor General of Montenegro, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann. Nebojša Vučinić, judge elected in respect of Montenegro, and Stanley Naismith, Section Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the President of Ireland

    28/01/2015 
    Visit by the President of Ireland

    On 27 January 2015, Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann. Erik Fribergh, Registrar, and Michael O’Boyle, Deputy Registrar, also attended the meeting. President Higgins visited the Court’s hearing room to see the webcasting facilities, the installation and running of which have been financed by the Irish Government since 2007.

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  • Visit by the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Belgium

    27/01/2015 
    Visit by the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Belgium

    On 26 January 2015, Didier Reynders, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Belgium, Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann. During his visit, Mr Reynders opened the exhibition entitled Belgium and the European Court of Human Rights on the occasion of the Belgian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

    Speech by Mr. Reynders (in French)

    Speech by the President (in French)

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President's News

  • Lectures

    13/11/2014 
    Lectures

    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?

    Speech by the President

    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.

    Speech by the President

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