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 30 April 2017 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.
Visit by the General Prosecutor of the Czech Republic06/05/2019
On 6 May 2019, Pavel Zeman, General Prosecutor of the Czech Republic, visited the Court and was received by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos. Aleš Pejchal, the judge elected in respect of the Czech Republic, and Patrick Titiun, Head of the Office of the President, also attended the meeting....
Visit by the EU Special Representative for Human Rights06/05/2019
On 6 May 2019, Eamon Gilmore, the EU Special Representative for Human Rights, visited the Court and was received by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos. Patrick Titiun, Head of the Office of the President, also attended the meeting....
Speeches by the President
Since 1959, 13 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.