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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

Official visits

  • Visit to the Czech Republic

    22/04/2014 
    Visit to the Czech Republic

    On 17 and 18 April 2014, President Spielmann paid an official visit to Prague. During the visit, he was received by Miloš Zeman, President of the Czech Republic, Pavel Rychetský, President of the Constitutional Court, and Iva Brožová, President of the Supreme Court. President Spielmann was accompanied by Aleš Pejchal, the judge elected in respect of the Czech Republic, and Michael O’Boyle, Deputy Registrar.

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  • Visit by the Minister of Justice of Slovenia

    11/04/2014 
    Visit by the Minister of Justice of Slovenia

    On 11 avril 2014, Senko Pličanič, Minister of Justice of Slovenia, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann. Boštjan Zupančič, the judge elected in respect of Slovenia, and Erik Fribergh, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by a delegation of Ukraine

    10/04/2014 
    Visit by a delegation of Ukraine

    On 10 April 2014, a delegation of Ukraine led by Oleh Makhnitsky, Prosecutor General, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann. Ganna Yudkivska, judge elected in respect of Ukraine, and Patrick Titiun, Head of the Office of the President, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the Ukrainian Minister of Justice

    10/04/2014 
    Visit by the Ukrainian Minister of Justice

    On 9 April 2014 President Spielmann welcomed Pavlo Petrenko, the Ukrainian Minister of Justice. Ganna Yudkivska, the judge elected in respect of Ukraine, and Erik Fribergh, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the President of Austria

    09/04/2014 
    Visit by the President of Austria

    On 9 April 2014, Heinz Fischer, President of Austria, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann. Elisabeth Steiner, the judge elected in respect of Austria, and Erik Fribergh, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit to San Marino

    02/04/2014 
    Visit to San Marino

    On 31 March and 1 April, President Spielmann paid an official visit to San Marino. During the visit, he was received by Pasquale Valentini, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gian Carlo Venturini, Minister of Internal Affairs, and Claudio Felici, Minister of Finance, who conferred on him the badge of Knight of the Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of Saint Agatha. He also met Gian Carlo Capicchioni and Anna Maria Muccioli, their Excellencies the Captains Regent, and attended the Investiture Ceremony of the new elected Captains Regent, Luca Beccari and Valeria Ciavatta. President Spielmann was accompanied by Kristina Pardalos, the judge elected in respect of San Mariano and Maria Tsirli, Deputy Section Registrar.
    Speech by President Spielmann - Hearing (in Frenh only)
    Speech by President Spielmann - Conferring of the Equestrian Order of Saint Agatha (in French only)
    Speech by President Spielmann - Investiture ceremony of the Captains Regent (in French only)

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President's news

  • University of Cambridge

    03/04/2014 
    University of Cambridge

    On 24 March, President Dean Spielmann met a group of students from the Centre for European Legal Studies and from the university of Cambridge

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  • Forum Frauenkirche

    26/02/2014 

    On 20 February President Dean Spielmann was invited as a speaker at the conference Forum Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany. In his speech he addressed the topic "Human rights in Europe – an accessory or a requirement?" as part of a lecture series on "Europe at the crossroads - ideas under scrutiny".

    Speech by President Spielmann (in German only)

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Speeches by the President

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