Presidency of the Court
President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos
Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos was born in Athens in 1960.
A graduate of the University of Athens, he was awarded a doctorate of law and accreditation to supervise research (habilitation) by Robert Schuman University, Strasbourg, in 1990.
Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos has been Professor of Law at the University of Athens and a member, and subsequently Chairman, of the Council of Europe Committee of Experts for the Improvement of Procedures for the Protection of Human Rights. He has also been a member, and subsequently Vice-Chairman, of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD). He was a member from 2000, and Vice-Chairman from 2006 to 2011, of the Greek National Commission for Human Rights, and has also been a member of the European Union Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights and of the Management Board and the Executive Board of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.
In the field of international law, Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos has been a member of the Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law since 2010, and an associate member of the Institute of International Law since 2011. He was also a member of the Board of the European Society of International Law from 2010 to 2012.
In addition, Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos has been a member of the Scientific Board of the Revue trimestrielle des droits de l’homme (since 2005), the European Journal of Human Rights (since 2013), the Annuaire français de droit international (since 2015) and the European Journal of International Law (from 2007 to 2012).
Having been elected as a judge of the European Court of Human Rights as from 18 May 2011, Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos served as Section President from 1 February 2017 to 4 May 2019 and Vice-President of the Court from 1 May 2017 to 4 May 2019. He has been President of the Court since 5 May 2019.
An associate member of the Academy of Athens since 2017, Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos is the author of six monographs, the editor or co-editor of fourteen books and the author of some 100 articles and studies on general international law and international human rights protection, in English, French and Greek. He has been invited to teach at various universities and academies, including the Law Faculties of the Universities of Oxford, Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris-II, Strasbourg, Aix-Marseille, Bordeaux and Geneva, the National University of Ireland, Sciences-Po (Paris), the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, the Hague Academy of International Law, the International Institute of Human Rights, etc.
The plenary Court elects its President for a period of 3 years.
The President directs the work and administration of the Court. He 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 5 judges.
President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos
Visit by the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece10/03/2020
On 9 March 2020, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, visited the Court and was received by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos. Marialena Tsirli, Deputy Registrar, also attended the meeting....
Visit by the Vice-President of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina04/03/2020
On 3 March 2020, Bisera Turković, Vice-President of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, visited the Court and was received by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos. Faris Vehabović, judge elected in respect of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting....
Visit to Serbia04/03/2020
On 2 March 2020, President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos paid an official visit to Serbia. On that occasion, he met Dragomir Milojević, President of the Supreme Court of Cassation, and Snežana Marković, President of the Constitutional Court. President Sicilianos was accompanied by Branko Lubarda, judge elected in respect of Serbia....
Visit to Montenegro04/03/2020
On 28 February 2020, President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos paid an official visit to Montenegro. On that occasion, he was received by Milo Đukanović, President of Montenegro, and by Zoran Pažin, Deputy Prime Minister. During this visit, President Sicilianos met Vesna Medenica, President of the Supreme Court, and Desanka Lopičić, President of the Constitutional Court. He also participated to a round table on the Rule of Law and the European Court of Human Rights at the Montenegrin Academy of Science. President Sicilianos was accompanied by Ivana Jelić, judge elected in respect of Montenegro....
Visit by a delegation of Judges from the United Kingdom10/02/2020
On 6 February 2020 a high-level delegation of Judges from four superior courts in the United Kingdom visited the Court. The visiting Judges took part in roundtable discussions with Judges of the Court and members of the Registry....
Speeches by the President
Sworn-in ceremony of Ana Maria Guerra Martins, judge elected in respect of Portugal01/04/2020
Official visit to the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts28/02/2020
High level conference "Environmental protection and Human Rights"28/02/2020
Speech by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos (in French only)...
Opening of the Judicial Year of the Administrative Court of Appeal of Paris04/02/2020
Speech by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos (Solemn hearing) (in French only)...
Opening of the Judicial Year31/01/2020
Speech by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos (Solemn hearing)...
70th anniversary of the Convention: European Conference07/05/2020
President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos took part in an on-line conference to mark the 70th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights, which took place on 5 May 2020 in Norway, in Kristiansand.
Topics included the importance of human rights for pan-European cohesion and peace, current challenges to democracy and protecting freedom of expression in Europe....
Since 1959, 14 judges served as President of the European Court of Human Rights. The President is elected for a three year term by the plenary Court, composed of 47 national judges.