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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.

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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.

Rules of Court - Presidency

President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos

Official visits

  • Visit by a delegation of Judges from the United Kingdom

    10/02/2020 
    Visit by a delegation of Judges from the United Kingdom

    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.

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  • Visit by the President of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina

    31/01/2020 
    Visit by the President of the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina

    On 31 January 2020, Zlatko Knežević, President of the Constitutional Court 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.

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  • Visit by the Chief Justice of the High Court of Cassation and Justice of Romania

    31/01/2020 
    Visit by the Chief Justice of the High Court of Cassation and Justice of Romania

    On 31 January 2020, Corina Alina Corbu, Chief Justice of the High Court of Cassation and Justice of Romania, visited the Court and was received by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos. Iulia Antoanella Motoc, judge elected in respect of Romania, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the President of the Constitutional Court of San Marino

    31/01/2020 
    Visit by the President of the Constitutional Court of San Marino

    On 31 January 2020, Giovanni Nicolini, President of the Constitutional Court of San Marino, visited the Court and was received by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos. Gilberto Felici, judge elected in respect of San Marino, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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  • Visit by the President of the Constitutional Tribunal of Spain

    31/01/2020 
    Visit by the President of the Constitutional Tribunal of Spain

    On 31 January 2020, Juan José Gonzalez Rivas, President of the Constitutional Tribunal of Spain, visited the Court and was received by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos. María Elósegui, judge elected in respect of Spain, and Roderick Liddell, Registrar, also attended the meeting.

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Speeches by the President

Events

  • Meeting with the Government Agents

    25/11/2019 
    Meeting with the Government Agents

    On 25 November 2019 the Government Agents, who represent the States in proceedings before the Court, attended a meeting in which President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, the Registrar of the Court Roderick Liddell, Judges, Section Registrars, and other registry lawyers participated.

    This event, which takes place every two years, provides an opportunity for the Agents to express their concerns and indicate any problems they have encountered in their work, while also allowing the Court’s representatives to explain new working methods and obtain feedback on them. Various procedural and practical matters were alsodiscussed at the meeting.

    Speech by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos (in French only)

     

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  • Commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall

    12/11/2019 
    Commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall

    President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, Mayor of Strasbourg, Roland Ries, and the Permanent Representative of Germany to the Council of Europe, Rolf Mafael, together with the Permanent Representative of France to the Council of Europe, Jean-Baptiste Mattéi, took part in a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 2019. They addressed a gathering of people in front of the 4 slabs of the Berlin Wall that were donated by Germany in 1990 to the Council of Europe and now stand on the forecourt of the Human Rights Building.

    Speech by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos (in French only)

    Video of the speech by President Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos

    Video of the speech by the Mayor of Strasbourg, Roland Ries

    Video of the speech by Ambassador Jean-Baptiste Mattéi

    Video of the speech by Ambassador Rolf Mafael

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Former Presidents

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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.

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