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.
President Spielmann addressed the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on 30 September 2015.
Congrès des notaires de France
Speech given by President at the 111ème congrès des notaires de France - May 2015
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.
Interview on BBC
Interview given by President Spielmann on the BBC television programme HARDtalk - 14/01/2014
Visit by the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina01/10/2015
On 30 September 2015, Denis Zvizdić, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann. Faris Vehabović, the judge elected in respect of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Erik Fribergh, Registrar, also attended the meeting....
Visit by Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg01/10/2015
On 29 September 2015, Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg made an official visit to Strasbourg on the occasion of the Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. During their visit, President Spielmann was granted an audience with His Royal Highness the Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg....
Visit by the Minister of Justice of Hungary30/09/2015
On 28 September 2015, László Trócsányi, Minister of Justice of Hungary, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann. András Sajó, the judge elected in respect of Hungary, and Erik Fribergh, Registrar, also attended the meeting....
Visit to Spain
Conference "Internet: freedom and restrictions"29/06/2015
On 26 June 2015, President Dean Spielmann participated in the conference "Internet: freedom and restrictions" organized by the Observatoire luxembourgeois du droit européen, in Luxembourg. The same day, he gave a speech entitled "Music and Human Rights" at the Oxford University Society of Luxembourg.
Speech by the President (in French)...
Visit by a Member of the PACE23/06/2015On 22 June 2015, Pierre-Yves Le Borgn’, Deputy, Member of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann. André Potocki, the judge elected in respect of France, also attended the meeting....