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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

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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.

Interviews

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

Video of the interview

Visit by the President of Austria

Official visits

  • Visit by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova

    21/10/2014 
    Visit by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova

    On 16 October 2014, Valeriu Chiveri, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, visited the Court and was received by Vice-President Casadevall. Valeriu Griţco, judge elected in respect of the Republic of Moldova, and Erik Fribergh, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Conference on Social Charter

    20/10/2014 

    The Court’s Vice-President, Guido Raimondi, took part in a high-level conference on the European Social Charter, on 17 and 18 October 2014 in Turin.

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  • Visit to Italy

    13/10/2014 

    On 9 October 2014, President Spielmann paid an official visit to Rome. During his visit, President Spielmann met Giuseppe Tesauro, President of the Constitutional Court, Giorgio Santacroce, First President of the Court of Cassation, and Giorgio Giovannini, President of the Council of State. On 10 October 2014, President Spielmann gave a speech on the occasion of the 100th Plenary Session of the Venice Commission at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation. President Spielmann was accompanied by Guido Raimondi, Vice-President, judge elected in respect of Italy, and Michael O’Boyle, Deputy Registrar.

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    Speech by the President (French version only)

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  • Visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Justice of Monaco

    07/10/2014 
    Visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Justice of Monaco

    On 6 October 2014, José Badia, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and Philippe Narmino, Minister for Justice, President of the Council of State, Director of Judicial Services of Monaco, visited the Court and were received by President Spielmann. Isabelle Berro-Lefèvre, judge elected in respect of Monaco and Erik Fribergh, Registrar, also attended the meeting

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President's news

  • ECRI’s 64th plenary meeting, Strasbourg

    18/06/2014 
    ECRI’s 64th plenary meeting, Strasbourg

    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.

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  • Comparative-Law Seminar

    19/05/2014 
    Comparative-Law Seminar

    On 16 May 2014 President Spielmann opened a comparative-law seminar on the concepts of acceptability and legitimacy, organised on the initiative of judges from the European Supreme Courts.

    Speech by President Spielmann (in French only)

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Recent speeches by the President

  • Visit by a Delegation of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

    20/10/2014 
  • Venice Commission, 100th Plenary Session, Rome, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    15/10/2014 

    Speech by the President (French version only)

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