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Superior Courts Network


The overall aim of the SCN is to enrich dialogue and the implementation of the Convention.


The more concrete operational objective is to create a practical and useful means of exchanging relevant information on Convention case-law and related matters.


The President of the ECHR has entrusted the management of the SCN to the Jurisconsult of the ECHR.


  • Introduction to the SCN to know more about the origin and activities of the network.
  • The guiding principles of the SCN are set out in its Charter. The Operational Rules describe the functioning of the Network. They evolve in consultation with the member courts.
  • Any further questions: Request Form


  • SCN Webinar

    SCN Webinar

    On account of the health crisis, the Forum of the Superior Courts Network (SCN) took place on 10 July 2020 in the form of a webinar.

    On the theme of Adapting judicial systems to the COVID-19 pandemic and its potential impact on the right to a fair trial, the webinar was opened by President Robert Spano.

    Speakers from the ECtHR and from the Network’s member courts discussed the procedural and practical measures taken to adapt to this unprecedented situation, and the applicable norms under Article 6 (right to a fair trial) of the Convention.

    Superior Courts Network



Member courts

Expressions of interest

Any court wishing to join the Network should write a letter to that effect to the President of the ECHR.

Secured website (for SCN members)


Message from President Sicilianos


'' Dialogue with the national courts is truly part of our Court’s DNA. In this regard, the Superior Courts Network is a perfect illustration of such dialogue, bringing together a community which is united by the desire to apply the principle of subsidiarity effectively and shares the common aim of ensuring that the decisions reached at domestic level are compatible with European case-law.[...] ''

Message from President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos


SCN Focal Points Forum 2019

The 3rd Focal Points Forum of the SCN was held on 6 and 7 June 2019 in the Human Rights Building, with the participation of 70 member courts from 34 countries.

Agenda     List of Participants

Speech by the President Sicilianos (in French only)

SCN Video

2019 Forum Report