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Events at the Court

ECHR Building

Opening of the Judicial Year 2019

The official opening of the ECHR’s judicial year took place on 25 January 2019. The event included a seminar on the topic Strengthening Confidence in the Judiciary, attended by 260 eminent figures from the European judicial scene. This was followed by the official opening ceremony, attended by 330 representatives of the judicial world and of local and national authorities.

The guest of honour at this year’s opening ceremony was Laurent Fabius, President of the French Constitutional Council.



Solemn hearing

Seminar Dialogue between Judges

The publications in the Dialogue between judges series are a record of the proceedings of seminars held annually to mark the opening of the judicial year at the Court.

Every year, these meetings provide a forum for discussion between judges from the Court and from various other courts on themes such as The role of consensus in the system of the European Convention on Human Rights, 50 years of the Court viewed by its fellow international Courts or Execution and effects of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: the role of the judiciary.

Previous openings of the Judicial Year and Seminars Dialogue between Judges

Seminars & Lectures

This page contains former events at the Court such as seminars, meetings, conferences and various anniversaries.


Seminars & Lectures

Moot Court at the ECHR

For many years now the Court has been endeavouring to familiarise future legal professionals with the Convention system by promoting advocacy competitions consisting of mock legal proceedings based on the Convention. Two competitions are held every year at the Court, namely the René Cassin competition for French-speaking students and the ELSA Moot Court for English-speaking students.

Moot Court