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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 reaches membership of 90 courts


    Following the Greek Supreme Civil and Criminal Court’s (Areios Pagos) joining the SCN, the membership of the Superior Courts Network has grown to the figure of 90 courts from 40 States.



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