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, 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.
Visit by a delegation from the Court of Justice of the European Union02/12/2013
A delegation from the Court of Justice of the European Union, headed by its President, Vassilios Skouris, paid a working visit to the European Court of Human Rights on 29 November 2013. The visiting judges took part in roundtable discussions with members of the Court and Registry. The discussions concerned recent case-law of the two courts and recent developments within both systems. This visit takes place annually....
Visit by the Minister for Justice of Poland26/11/2013
On 25 November 2013, Marek Biernacki, Minister for Justice of Poland, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann. Krzysztof Wojtyczek, the judge elected in respect of Poland and Erik Fribergh, Registrar, also attended the meeting. During his visit, Mr Biernacki opened the exhibition devoted to the twentieth anniversary of Poland’s accession to the European Convention on Human Rights....
Visit by the Minister for Foreign and Political Affairs of San Marino20/11/2013
On 20 November 2013, Pasquale Valentini, Minister for Foreign and Political Affairs of San Marino, visited the Court and was received by President Spielmann. Kristina Pardalos, judge elected in respect of San Marino and Erik Fribergh, Registrar, also attended the meeting....
Visit to Monaco18/11/2013
On 15 November 2013, President Spielmann visited Monaco, where he was received for an audience by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II. During the visit, he also met Philippe Narmino, Minister for Justice, President of the Council of State, Director of Judicial Services of Monaco, and Laurent Nouvion, President of the National Council of Monaco. He was accompanied by Isabelle Berro-Lefèvre, the judge elected in respect of Monaco and Michael O’Boyle, Deputy Registrar....
Visit to the Conseil d’Etat, Paris07/10/2013
On 4 October 2013, a delegation from the Court paid a visit to the French Conseil d’Etat, at the invitation of the Vice-President of that court, Jean-Marc Sauvé, for a day of discussions with their counterparts. The Court has strong links to the Conseil d’Etat, which organised a series of conferences a series of conferences on the European Convention on Human Rights in 2010 and 2011. Its delegation was led by President Spielmann, and included the two Vice-Presidents, two more Section Presidents and the Registrar and Deputy Registrar of the Court.
Conference in the ICJ, The Hague24/09/2013
On 23 September 2013, President Spielmann took part in a conference organised to celebrate the Centenary of the Peace Palace in The Hague on the theme entitled “The International Court of Justice in the Service of Peace and Justice”.
Website of the International Court of Justice
Speech by the President (in French only)
Video of the conference...
1177th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies13/09/2013
On 11 September 2013, the Ministers' Deputies held an exchange of views with President Spielmann. During this exchange, he informed them about the latest developments within the Court, in particular in the implementation of the Interlaken process....
Conference in Göttingen20/06/2013
A conference in Göttingen (Germany) on the topic “Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights – Effects and Implementation” will take place on 20 and 21 September 2013. Among the speakers will be a number of Judges of the European Court of Human Rights, Judges from constitutional and other domestic courts, Government Agents in the Strasbourg proceedings, and practicing lawyers. The President of the Court, Dean Spielmann, will be giving the keynote speech.
Conference announcement and programme
Speech by the President...