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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 Minister of State for Civil Justice and Legal Policy of the United Kingdom

    01/10/2014 
    Visit by the Minister of State for Civil Justice and Legal Policy of the United Kingdom

    On 23 September 2014, Lord Faulks QC, Minister of State for Civil Justice and Legal Policy of the United Kingdom, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann, Paul Mahoney, judge elected in respect of the United Kingdom, and Erik Fribergh, Registrar. During the visit, he took part in roundtable discussions with members of the Registry.

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  • Visit by the President of the Supreme Court of Mexico

    26/09/2014 
    Visit by the President of the Supreme Court of Mexico

    On 24 September 2014, Juan Silva Meza, President of the Supreme Court of Mexico, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann. Josep Casadevall, vice-president and judge elected in respect of Andorra, Luis López Guerra, judge elected in respect of Spain, and Patrick Titiun, Head of the Office of the President, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit to “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

    24/09/2014 
    Visit to “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

    On 18 September 2014, President Spielmann paid an official visit to “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”. During his visit, President Spielmann was received by the President of “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Gjorge Ivanov. On that occasion, he also met Adnan Jashari, Minister for Justice, Lidija Nedelkova, President of the Supreme Court, and Elena Gosheva, President of the Constitutional Court. President Spielmann has also taken part to an International Conference on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Constitutional Court. President Spielmann was accompanied by Mirjana Lazarova Trajkovska, judge elected in respect of “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, and Michael O’Boyle, Deputy Registrar.

    Speech by President Spielmann (in French only)

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  • Visit to the Republic of Moldova

    22/09/2014 
    Visit to the Republic of Moldova

    On 19 September 2014, Josep Casadevall, Vice-President and Judge elected in respect of Andorra, paid an official visit to the Republic of Moldova. During his visit, he was received by the President of the Republic of Moldova, Nicolae Timofti. On that occasion, he also met Oleg Efrim, Minister for Justice, and Mihai Poalelungi, President of the Supreme Court. He was accompanied by Valeriu Griţco, Judge elected in respect of the Republic of Moldova, and Marialena Tsirli, Deputy Section Registrar.

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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

  • 50th Anniversary of the Constitutional Court of “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” - Skopje, 18-21 September 2014

    26/09/2014 
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  • The best practices of individual complaint to the Constitutional Courts in Europe - Strasbourg, 7 July 2014

    10/07/2014 

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